Couple's Campaign Against Heartbreak

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Feature article The experiences conveyed in the feature article “Couple’s campaign against heartbreak” present three protagonists who demonstrate that the experience of displacement is a pilgrimage, a right of passage that has more significance than the discourse of youth alienation and unwise decision making. The feature article has a key theme of homelessness and the three protagonists are victims who tell their story. The main characters of the article Alina and Jeff Gambin are a Sydney couple who are launching a free dental service for homeless people. The experiences of the three victims show the responders that drugs and alcohol and money problems such as debt can ultimately ruin your life. The use of the quote “I’ve masked a lot of…show more content…
The setting of the feature article shapes the tone. The use of emotive language and imagery in the article suggests the tone and setting of the text. The use of emotive language such as “no home, no money, no hope”, “city’s brutal reality” and “heartbreak” all suggest that the tone of the article is depressing which also insinuates that the setting is bleak and desolate. The imagery of the article shows a man on the side of the street asleep with all of his belongings by his side, this is his home and it’s a very depressing scene. The use of the emotive word “brutal” implies that the setting of homelessness for these people is harsh and intemperate. The word “heartbreak” suggests that homelessness is abounding in agony and torment each day. The emotive language and imagery of the article is to make responders empathise for the…show more content…
The values that are revealed in the text include accomplishment, equal opportunity, generosity, self respect, service to others and government power. Values of accomplishment and equal opportunity are shown throughout the article. The Sydney couple have made an accomplishment by organising and launching a free dental service for the homeless. This service provides equal opportunity for the homeless to have nice teeth. Generosity is one of the many attributes shown by the Gambin’s into this service, they “have spent more than $7.5 million of their own money” on the project. By helping the homeless with their teeth, the homeless are gaining some self-respect and self-worth, they are becoming more confident to haul themselves out of homelessness and to go and get a job. Government power is also a value apparent in the text, Kevin Rudd and the labour government are planning to provide $150 million in to improving life for the homeless. The values of our society help people through the journey or pilgrimage of life, they help determine right from
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