Simple Gift Essay

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Due to the complex and abstract nature of the concept of belonging, a true sense of belonging can be found in different circumstances for different people. As each individual has their own desires, needs and values, they find their place in the world and a genuine sense of belonging in various avenues. Many different individuals find the strongest sense of belonging through relationships, due to the fact that by nature these connections fulfil the human need for social interaction and enrich the lives of the person involved. Conversely, relationships which do not work and a connection is not felt can result in a negative outcome for individual, which can ultimately lead to a sense of not belonging and result in isolation and disaffection. Instead, these individuals may attain the same sense of belonging outside of relationships, through their connections to other things such as place and culture, or within themselves. Steven Herrick’s ‘The Simple Gift’ and Melina Marchetta’s ‘Looking For Alibrandi’ are two texts in which explores the concept of belonging and how different individuals have different meanings of a sense of belonging. This shows that individuals can find a sense of belonging in a great range of place, not limited to relationships. In The Simple Gift, Steven Herrick both supports and challenges traditional assumptions about belonging. Through the form of a verse novel he supports the idea that all humans seek a sense of belonging, and that without it our lives have little meaning. Yet Herrick also subverts some conventional understandings of belonging by showing that belonging can come from strange and unexpected situations, and is not just limited to one place or one person. Herrick conveys all of this through the different perspectives of Billy, Old Bill and Caitlin; employing a range of verse and narrative techniques to show their gradual sense of
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