Simon Perras-Dyotte, Miruna Mincic, Denisha Fleury, Kyle Smith, Emily Sarid, Patryk Majewski

Themes:

  1. The importance of grieving in order for one to truly overcome the loss of a loved one.
  2. The discomfort of not knowing and not being in control.
  3. The basic human desire to feel wanted.
  4. The importance of  imagination in order to remain mentally stable. (uses it as an escape)
  5.  The familiarity and ease of being able to dehumanize a group

1b. This story explores the importance of grieving in order for one to truly overcome the loss of a loved one.

The discomfort of not knowing and not being in control.

—The simplicity of not knowing and not being in control.

Task two:

The basic human desire to feel wanted.

  1. Why do you feel the need to be wanted?
  2. Is our need to be wanted innate or learned?
  3. To what extent can the need to be wanted take you ?
  4. Do you feel the greatest desire to be wanted when you’re alone ?
  5. What kind of desire do you value the most?

Task three:

  1. How important is the feeling of being desired in the hierarchy of needs?
  2.  Does the importance of being desired exist for everyone?

Task five and six:

Character (main character)

When one of the women from the shelter tried to escape, she thought, “I secretly hope she, whoever she was, made it, and I feel twinges of curiosity at the thought of that life. But they’re just twinges. Not motivation” (53).

She cannot think independently and she never questions authority: “The manual says that in order to move forward we must change. But this feels more like a collapse. And that is not how the manual says it will feel” (51).

She is very emotionally weak and finds comfort in the simple things like the cookies she receives from the other women: “I’ve started throwing them away, but I won’t say anything, because i like it that they still think of me” (51).

Task seven:

The Placement Team’s manipulation and treatment of the main character prevents her from grieving properly, which makes her a lot more mentally vulnerable.

The character’s lack of autonomy and individualism makes her easily manipulated by the Placement Team and society.

Through characterization we can see that she is desperate for any kind of support, comfort or connection that will make her feel something.