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University of Toronto Scarborough
Corinne Beauquis

Bonheur DOccasionThemesDispossession The novel details the loss of many things in the lives of several characters For RoseAnna it is the loss of her children first Eugene to the army then Florentine to marriage and Daniel to death For Azarius it is the loss of his vocation and subsequently his identity as a manSolitude Despite being about a family the novel demonstrates the solitude of the various characters For RoseAnna this is best seen at the end of the novel when she gives birth practically alone She feels completely alone and even Azarius is not there when she calls for himThe feminine condition The condition of the woman is treated throughout the novel both on the individual level in the lives of RoseAnna and her daughter Florentine and universally when RoseAnna identifies with women across the world who are affected by the senselessness of war Feminist undertones can be found in the way Gabrielle Roy describes RoseAnnas role in the family RoseAnna is in some ways a victim of circumstance with a husband who has no work poverty which causes her to go searching for new lodging every spring and her Catholic faith which does not allow her to use birth control and results in many pregnancies which take their toll on her both physically and emotionallyThe futility of war A theme discussed throughout the book Roy shows many opinions on the war via various characters but there is a strong sense of war being senseless Emmanuel Ltourneau is one character along with RoseAnna Lacasse who questions the meaning and motive behind going to war He struggles with his own motivations and concludes that the purpose for going to war must be to end it one dayCharactersFlorentine Lacasse A young waitress at the Five and Ten restaurantFinds her current life to be one of drudgery and longs to find something bettersupports her parents and siblings financiallyAzarius Lacasse Florentines father a construction worker by trade who has fallen on hard times due to the depressed economy and is now working as a taxi driver to get byRoseAnna Lacasse Florentines mother a central character in the novel who often takes on the role of the head of the family when Azarius fails to provide leadershipJean Lvesque An arrogant and ambitious machinistelectrician who believes himself to be better than most in SaintHenri and is very concerned with reaching a higher status and social classEmmanuel Ltourneau A friend of Jean Lvesque and a soldier who meets and falls in love with FlorentineEmma Philibert Nicknamed Fat Emma or Ma Philibert the jovial owner of a combination restaurant and storeSam Latour The owner of The Two Records restaurantstore loves to discuss current affairsEugene Lacasse Florentines brother who joined the army
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