Beyond survival : religious functions in Canadian plays
In this study we will look at eight Canadian plays that go beyond the familiar Canadian theme of survival. The characters in them are motivated less by the desire to live than the desire to have something to live or even die for. The playwrights we will be studying want their audiences to join their characters in a quest for values that transcend survival and give it meaning. In this thesis I will argue that these plays fulfill functions that are normally attributed to religion. I will be particularly interested in comparing these functions in English- and French-Canadian plays.