Belonging Speech Essay

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Belonging is defined as acceptance as a natural member or part which provides a secure relationship that therefore fulfils us as human beings. It can vary including belonging in cultures, religions, community, schools and relationships. The finest thing in the world is knowing how to belong to oneself. You have to belong to yourself before you belong to society. Belonging is a tricky concept, as you can argue that people who don’t want to belong actually "belong" to a group of people who don’t want to belong. But what is belonging? One idea is that you belong when you feel comfortable with people who have similar objectives, goals, and aims as you. There are many themes of belonging that are recurring in this novel such as ‘Belonging is based on people rather than places.’ The text The Simple Gift written by Steven Herrick is a verse novel that incorporates many aspects of belonging. The theme ‘belonging is based on people rather than places’ is evident in many parts of the novels. An example of this is Longlands Road. This was the street where Billy grew up in where he felt no sense of belonging or positive feelings. The cause of his alienation appears to be physical and psychological abuse from his father, lack of caring from his school and his run down neglected neighbourhood with its “truck still on blocks” “unmown grass”, “broken windows” and which he refers to as “each deadbeat no hoper shithole lonely downtrodden house in Longlands Rd, Nowheresville”. All the symbols pointing to a decaying, decrepit, depressing environment. Billy feels a disconnection with his hometown with a negative attitude which is seen in the extract ‘I throw one rock on the roof of each deadbeat no hoper, shithole lonely downtrodden house in Longlands Road, Nowheresville”. Billy had no connection with his dad, his neighbours nor the teachers and students at his school. As

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