Many anthropological studies have shown the prevalence of the sacred in primitive societies, manifested primarily in significant gestures such as exchanges, rituals, festivals, and the use of time and space. Some studies, in particular those of Roger Caillois and Mircea Eliade, have demonstrated that traces of the sacred, though seemingly displaced, remain present in modern and secular societies. This thesis will examine and bring to light these remnants of sacred behavior in the contemporary settings of the stories of Gabrielle Roy, focusing primarily on food-sharing, gift-giving, and festivals. Each analysis presented will detail how different aspects of the sacred are manifested in contemporary, though fictional, society, and each will permit individuals to identify ways in which modern man, whether religious or secular, is still very connected to sacred practices.
College and Department
Humanities; French and Italian
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Sumsion, Ann Elizabeth, "The Search for the Sacred in Gabrielle Roy" (2009). Theses and Dissertations. 2017.
Gabrielle Roy, Roger Caillois, Mircea Eliade, sacred, ritual, festival, gesture, religion, gift