Kaela-Rose LeBlanc,Mireille Jauvin, Angelo Bergamin, Martika Vilar-Oliveira, Shanna King.

Task 1: Themes

1.Dealing with a loss/mourning

2. Losing freedom & individuality (widows & widowers treated like animals)

3. Society’s expectations for men & women in a relationship; the man needs to be the provider, the woman is dependent & supportive

4. Conforming out of desperation (the narrator accepts that this is the only future she has, even if she must give up the memory of her husband)

5. Society’s view of single people: pushes into relationships, promised a better life in a relationship

Chosen theme: Our society pressures people into relationships by enforcing the idea that their life will improve immensely with a partner; this message is pushed by magazines, commercials, social media, celebrities and western culture in general.

2nd chosen theme (#4): Conforming out of choice

Task 2: #2 Losing freedom & individuality

Do you lose freedom as you go through school?

Do you lose creativity and curiosity as you go through school?

Do your adult responsibilities take away your freedom?

Do you lose your individuality by following society’s expectations?

Do you think you truly have freedom in this world?

Task 3

What is individuality?

Is there such a thing as individuality?

Is freedom a /social construct?

Task 5 & 6

literary element: Character

The narrator considers making an escape from the shelter, but thinks, “There are runners who try to escape at night. They think they will fare better on their own. I don’t think I could do it. I’m too domestic for that kind of thing” (47).

The narrator gives the impression that she has gotten over her husband when she becomes more comfortable with her window friend by saying, “The nights we wave have become important to me. It’s nice to be seen by a man” (48).

Despite the narrator’s window friend, she has not completely gotten over the loss of her husband because as she reads the letter over, she admits, “It reads as if we’re fighting and he’s stormed out, is staying on a friend’s couch. Here is my love letter, my apology: please come home” (53).

You can see the narrator has accepted that her future will not include the memory of her husband when she says, “And then the image will disappear and I’ll never think of him again. I’m not looking forward to this day. But I won’t turn my back on it” (55).

Task 7

>how does “character” add to the story?

Thesis statement: In this story, the development of the narrator’s character helps build an emotional connection to the reader by conveying the pain of life after a loss.

  • helps us see through the narrator’s perspective
  • helps us the change in her character
  • gives an insider perspective of life in the “shelter”
  • helps connect to her character, gives emotion
  • helps us understand the pain of mourning, process of grieving
  • controls the direction of where the story will go
  • reader can sympathize with the narrator