For those who are interested, this is my analysis of my story and how I thought of it.
This story was written under the idea of "The Emperor's New Clothes" fairytale retelling.
In "The Emperor's New Clothes" one of the themes is "once you realize the lie, you have to accept the truth of it." The king lies to himself, saying he can see the clothes he is going to wear. At the end of the story, when the truth is plainly thrown at him, he realizes his lie and, while he does not admit it to the crowd, he accepts the truth and keeps walking. He does not make any excuses or blame anyone. He realizes, accepts the reality of it, and tries to live on with his life.
That concept is what I tried to replicate in my revision. I revised the setting of the story. Aletha is a girl in a world where virtual reality games are the new big thing. The game she plays is called Virtue Network where the players can buy, trade, steal, and collect Marbles – programs that allows the players to 'jump' different worlds. While they are in the worlds, they can be and do whatever they like. Aletha becomes too involved in the world of the Network, making up new personas, lying to herself that she is a part of the Network and that her identity lies within the game. She rarely mentions her real life in the real world. She escapes the Messiah Processor and enters God system where she is faced by reality – that she doesn't belong and that she needs to plug out. She's forced out of the game and finds herself as a boy in the world of "The Emperor's New Clothes." (The ending of my revision is supposed to be similar to "The Emperor's New Clothes" except Aletha is the child who speaks out the truth). Aletha looks in the mirror and sees herself in fine clothing and owns up to the fact that she's naked – naked in the inside that is. She is referring to the fact that everything about her was made up with lies, that she doesn't have a real her. That everything she thought she was is a lie she made up and believed in whole heartedly. The crowd around her mistaken her comment and believes she is talking about the king – that the king is naked. The king in the story reflects Aletha's thought in a more physical form. While the king is physically naked, he keeps on going with his life with his head held high. It leaves Aletha to question whether she will do the same – realize that she is truly empty and naked inside as a real human being, and accept that that she should not lie anymore if she wants to truly be clothed (not empty inside).
I made these changes in the story because it reflects the modern thought of lies – technology is advanced and humans become engrossed by it. I kept the concept of lies in this story just as it is in "The Emperor's New Clothes." As humans, we begin to define ourselves based off of our technology, believe we are what our technology lets us be and do. The Emperor is the same in that he believes fine clothing makes up a man. However, while the Emperor knows himself (his pride and embarrassment), Aletha, who has become a part of the cyber network, does not realize her missing humanity. She lies to herself that she is who she thinks she is, but in reality she is naked to the fact that she isn't anything at all.