Part Two: Question Two

Discussion created by teachontario.team on Mar 27, 2017
Latest reply on Aug 1, 2020 by anitak

2. In Station Eleven, the lead caravan for the Travelling Symphony carries this line of text: Because survival is insufficient. Emily St. John talked about this line in an interview: “It is not from Shakespeare. I in fact stole it shamelessly from Star Trek: Voyager. Yes, an episode that aired in 1999. I remember watching that episode and I remember being absolutely struck by that line. Survival is never sufficient. Here in the present, we play — we play musical instruments at refugee camps. We put on plays in war zones. Immediately following the Second World War, there was a fashion show in Paris. There's something about art I think that can remind us of our humanity. It could remind us of our civilization. So that line became almost the thesis statement of the entire novel.” What do you think it means in the context of the book? In the context of Canada?