The Role of History in Canadian Literature


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Essay #: 055569
Total text length is 12,785 characters (approximately 8.8 pages).

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The beginning:
The Role of History in Canadian Literature
The function and significance of incorporating historical narratives into literary works
This paper explores the role of history in Canadian literature. In particular, the succeeding several pages look at how historical narratives are incorporated into literary works and will discuss their function and significance using Hugh MacLennan’s, Barometer Rising, as a case study. The paper will begin by noting that history functions in the story as a useful backdrop that makes the book comprehensible and interesting for Canadians who lived through the period in question; many Haligonians, maritimers or Scottish-Canadians would have seen something familiar in the historical backdrop that MacLennan crafted...
The end:
..... a lesson that MacLennan is trying to convey to his 1941 audience when he talks about people coming together in the bloody aftermath that should not be minimized.
In the end, the historical narrative serves a valuable function because it forces people to recollect the past, makes the characters in the work more believable, adds an air of authenticity, and provides some guidance and counsel on how current generations can handle challenges of their own. When it is recognized that MacLennan was writing in 1941 at a time of war, then the reason why he writes a story set in a wartime context with a wounded soldier and a catastrophic disaster becomes manifest.
Works Cited
MacLennan, Hugh. Barometer Rising. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2007.