The Laramie Project

The Laramie Project

Aaron Kreifels Character Analysis

Aaron Kreifels is a university student and Laramie resident. During a somewhat aimless bike ride, Aaron found Matthew Shepard tied to the fence where Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson had left him to die. Aaron Kreifels feels that God guided him to Matthew so that Matthew would not die alone. Aaron Kreifels’ experience offers an example of how religion can be a positive force that helps people understand and process trauma.

Aaron Kreifels Quotes in The Laramie Project

The The Laramie Project quotes below are all either spoken by Aaron Kreifels or refer to Aaron Kreifels. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Homophobia, Tolerance, and Acceptance Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Dramatists Play Service edition of The Laramie Project published in 2001.
Act 3: Aftermath Quotes

It just hit me today, the minute that I got out of the courthouse. That the reason that God wanted me to find him is, for he didn’t have to die out there alone, you know. And if I wouldn’t’ve came along, they wouldn’t’ve found him for a couple of weeks at least. So it makes me feel really good that he didn’t have to die out there alone.

Related Characters: Aaron Kreifels (speaker), Matthew Shepard
Related Symbols: The Fence
Page Number: 86
Explanation and Analysis:

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Aaron Kreifels Character Timeline in The Laramie Project

The timeline below shows where the character Aaron Kreifels appears in The Laramie Project. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1: The Fence
Violence, Punishment, and Justice Theme Icon
Theater and Representation Theme Icon
...felt the same deep sadness. Leigh asks the other members of the company to interview Aaron Kreifels , the boy who found Matthew, since Leigh does not feel up to it. (full context)
Act 1: Finding Matthew Shepard
Homophobia, Tolerance, and Acceptance Theme Icon
Religion, Morality, and Prejudice Theme Icon
Aaron Kreifels describes finding Matthew Shepard tied to the fence where Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson left... (full context)
Violence, Punishment, and Justice Theme Icon
...that usually those kinds of severe injuries are the result of car crashes, not beatings. Aaron Kreifels begins to talk again, describing how he waited with Matthew for the ambulance to arrive... (full context)
Act 2: Seeing Matthew
Homophobia, Tolerance, and Acceptance Theme Icon
Religion, Morality, and Prejudice Theme Icon
Next, Aaron Kreifels speaks again about finding Matthew Shepard, saying he can’t get that image out of his... (full context)
Act 3: Aftermath
Homophobia, Tolerance, and Acceptance Theme Icon
Violence, Punishment, and Justice Theme Icon
Religion, Morality, and Prejudice Theme Icon
...other people in the courtroom. Rob Debree expresses his thankfulness that the case is over. Aaron Kreifels , the boy who found Matthew on the fence, says that, leaving the courthouse, he... (full context)