The Tin Flute

The search for male and female salvation and acceptance College

The Tin Flute by Gabriel Roy is a Canadian fiction set up in the early 1940’s during the Second World War when Canada was going through the great depression. The book revolves around characters who strive to find romance, alleviate poverty and overcome ignorance amidst the recession. The most prominent characters are; Florentine Lacasse, Jean Lévesque, Rose-Anna Lacasse, Azarius Lacasse, Eugene Lacasse and Emmanuel Letourneau. These characters live seeking an escape from their current situations and approval from the society they live in. This inner conflict leads most of them to doing things that bring them closer to their goals. Both female and male characters encounter a social pressure that pushes them to some actions. Most of these expectations are beyond the reach of these characters due to situations like poverty. The essay provides an in depth analysis of the characters’ pursuit of redemption, how they deal with social standards and how these societal expectations victimize them.

Florentine Lacasse’s greatest desire is to become wealthy and eradicate the overwhelming poverty that her family suffers from. In search of wealth, she starts working in a five-ten store in Montreal where she meets Jean Lévesque who she gets...

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