Themes for “Moving On”

Caterina Saletnig, Morgan Kane, Huikun Zhang, Jessica Rupnik, Isabelle Bujold

Task 1:

  1. Dealing with loss
  2. Society’s pressure on widowers, forcing to forget passed relationships
  3. The importance of grieving
  4. Emotional oppression, disconnection of feelings
  5. Fear of loneliness (the unknown)

Emotional oppression is the disconnection of feelings because of society’s standards to deal with loss.

Task 2:

Dealing with loss

  1. How do you deal with the loss (death) of a loved one?
  2. How does the loss of someone important impact your life?
  3. How long should you grieve the death of a loved one?

Task 3:

  1. Could the death of someone affect you for a lifetime?
  2. Do you ever really move on from the death of a romantic loved one or do you just learn to be happy?
  3. What is death?

Task 5,6:


While she is in the facility we see this referral to her life represented by this mysterious forest: “though coyotes prowl the barren tracked, it is the forest that, to me, seems most menacing. It is so unknown” (47).

All the women in this facility are living off each others grief because she says, “I scrape other women’s leftovers onto my plate” (53).

We understand the notion of moving on cannot be forced on someone when she states, “we’re each given a framed picture of a man, some model, and i take it back to my cell and put it in my bed as instructed. i’m supposed to replace my husbands face in my memory with this mans face” (46).

We see that no one can replace the unconditional love she will always have for her husband, as she thinks to herself, “of course i’m writing to my husband” (53).

Task 7:

Through the use of symbolism we see that people cannot be forced to move on in the time frame that society expects.

When analyzing symbolism in “moving on”, we see how even when we lose a loved one, the love we have for them is everlasting.

The symbolism in this story shows how in times of grief and pain, people can still come together and connect with each other.