Leaticia Hammadache, Marie-claude Champoux, Tabiesha Thompson, Cassandra Dussault, Lenz Layug, Nareh Sarkissian

 

Themes:

1-The loss of someone you love  (grieving)

2- accepting to change for a new life

3- being isolated from the society and loosing freedom

4- society expectations: time to cope, being a good wife/husband, marriage

5- forgetting the past

 

Forgetting the past can’t be forced upon someone to begin a new chapter in their life.

Refusing to change for a new life

Task two:

Being isolated from the society and loosing freedom 

1- What is loosing freedom for you?

2- Have you ever been isolated from society or felt trapped? And why or how?

3- Do you have to be isolated from society to feel lonely?

4-  How would you react if you were being isolated from the society?

5- Why/how can someone be isolated from the society?

Task three:

What is freedom?

Are we actually free from the start?

Can we really be isolated or is it just an idea in someone’s head?

Task five:

Character

1-” Had my husband kept some part of himself separate so he could give it to someone else if he needed to? Was it possible i too had managed to withhold something of myself without even realizing it? I hoped so” (48).

2- “The manual says that in order to move forward we must change. But this change feels more like a collapse. And that is not how the manual says it will feel” (51).

3- ” We all deal with things differently. At night, some women cry. Other women are bullies. Others bake. Some live one life while dreaming of another. And some women run” (53).

Task six:

1- After the narrator sees the man across the windows, she wonders, “Had my husband kept some part of himself separate so he could give it to someone else if he needed to? Was it possible i too had managed to withhold something of myself without even realizing it? I hoped so” (48).

2- Confused and hopeful, the narrator plans to escape with the man she barely knows, but she realizes that she is changing, “The manual says that in order to move forward we must change. But this change feels more like a collapse. And that is not how the manual says it will feel” (51).

3- After being confronted by the case manager for binge eating, the narrator comes into conclusion that,” We all deal with things differently. At night, some women cry. Other women are bullies. Others bake. Some live one life while dreaming of another. And some women run” (53).

Task seven:

1- In the story “Moving On”, the stages of grief are expressed through the narrator’s character.

2- In the story “Moving On”, the narrator’s character illustrates that change can’t be forced upon a person.

3- In the story ”Moving On”,