Avishek Paul, Sindy Ann Fernando, Maggie Sessenwein, Michaela Teolis, Sahar Jaleel

  1. Grief over the loss of their partners
  2. Obedience to authority
  3. Oppression of real human emotion
  4. lack of freedom of life choices
  5. Fear of remaining without love————– fear of uncertainty

Oppression of real human emotion: A society where its societal structure forces the characters to follow a certain path in life causing them to repress their human emotions. it normalizes huge life milestones such as getting married and having children. From this, it forces all the widows to constantly need attention and seek for love-it is what they are conditioned to feel.                           :0)

questions:

Do you believe in free will?

Do you feel restricted from doing what you want?

What is stopping you from doing what you want to do? who?

Do your parents play a major role in choosing your path in life? Why do you listen to them?

How do you define freedom?

Who grants your freedom?

Is freedom universally accepted?

Task 5:

  1. Chosen literary element: symbolism

2.  “The manual says that in order to move forward we must change. But this change feels more like a collapse. And that is how I feel” (51).

“My case manager finally intervenes and tells me to cut it out, She says even though we live in a progressive time it’s probably not a good idea to let myself go” (53).

Task 6:

1.The manual serves as a rule book that symbolizes societies rules and expectations: “The manual says that in order to move forward we must change. But this change feels more like a collapse. And that is how I feel” (51).

2. The widows case manager is an authority figure: “[She] finally intervenes and tells me to cut it out, she says even though we live in a progressive time it’s probably not a good idea to let myself go” (53).

3.  The widows emotions were oppressed: “It was just a fantasy”, she says.

Task 7:

Thesis: The symbolism of “Moving on” is evident through the manual, which is meant to convey society’s expectations.

2. With the use of symbolism in “Moving on”, we see how the manual encourages the oppression on human emotion through restriction.

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