The King Conch Hotel
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This thesis explores episodic plot structure and its use in modern fiction novels though a combination of research and creative artifact. The artifact is comprised of the first six chapters of a novel entitled The King Conch Hotel, in which I implement the literary techniques discovered during the literature review section of this research.The King Conch Hotel is the story of Marco, a teenage bellhop who works at the five-star hotel on the island of Key West, Florida. As a bellhop, Marco knows everything that happens in the hotel and everyone who stays there. From teenage runaways to the famous millionaire owner of the hotel himself, each chapter details Marco’s adventures following a different guest, exploring themes of American material excess and the over commercialization of the island in the decade known as the “affluent eighties”.
Heselton, John (2020). The King Conch Hotel. Undergraduate Research Scholars Program. Available electronically from