Belonging can be interpreted in many different manners. It can be a person’s connection with people places, and even ideas. The material that will be encompassing this is the simple gift and as a related text Mr Cheng. In the first part of the story Billy lacks connection in every aspect mentioned. In terms of people, Billy disowns his father for many reasons. His upbringing influenced what turned into hate. Through the technique of metaphor he says “he gave me one hard backhander across the face, so hard I fell down… and slammed the door on my sporting childhood” explaining how his father physically and psychologically push him away. He does not use father but ‘Him’, even reducing him to the “old Bastard”. Through this passage Billy’s alienating and abusive father is apparent. Billy pushes his connection to the person closest to him because it is what he has been taught. He turns into a social outcast because of this. In Mr Cheng the opening scene zooms in on Mr Cheng and is used to introduce him, with the arrows pointing in multiple directions representing his lack of direction and guidance without anyone to support him and the walls representing the limited opportunities they have. By means of these techniques both characters convey their lack of connection with the people that supposedly love them but instead fail to appear, alienating them. In terms of places the technique of pathetic fallacy further emphasises Billy’s alienation, “unmown grass” and “broken windows” combined with the pouring rain reflect the depression and lack of care Billy has given but also received from his Father using the description of “deadbeat, no-hoper” communicating his dissolution with this place. Mr Cheng explores this. The full shot of the open planes is filled with overgrown grass and trees without leaves, representing his disorganisation. The lack of focus represents his lack of guidance or direction. Both these environments are used to convey the lack of...
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