Belonging , Simple Gift/Craig Ashby

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"A sense of belonging can come from the connections made with people, places, groups, communities and the larger world"

“A sense of belonging comes from the connections made with people, places, groups, communities and the larger world , but are often made on an individual basis to begin with. The prescribed text “The Simple Gift “ by Herrick and a speech by Craig Ashby “A Getting of Wisdom” from the Sydney Morning Herald (2007) , a related text will be the focus of this essay.”

"The connection with a community often begins on an individual level. When Billy meets Ernie on the way to Bendarat, he discovers that there are "men who don't boss you around and don't ask prying questions" and "then there are men like my Dad." The lack of hostility shown by Ernie reveals that there are some men who are accepting and understanding which highlight the values of his community and how he was raised. The technique employed by Herrick is contrast as previously shown when Billy has a flashback of the "backhander across the face" from his father who demonstrated a lack of kindness and understanding.This contrast shows that individual relationships are the foundations in developing a sense of community.

Only with understanding can connections create true happiness. In chapter four , "the hobo hour", (chapter and poem title share the same title) connection is made between Billy and Old Bill (pg 48) where the young protagonist describes his understanding as "...we both sit staring at the beer and the sunrise, sharing the hobo hour". The use of "we both" suggests inclusiveness with the community. The reference to "sunrise" is symbolism signifying the start of something new. Similarly Craig Ashby achieves this state of understanding through his experiences at gaining an education, "...even though I could not read or write when I went to Joey's, not once did any kid call me dumb...maybe they understood me...no one ever had a go at me about it". A sense of belonging can come...
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