'The scream' and 'the simple gift' represents the impact on an individuals sense of belonging in various ways. The term belonging is basically a human conception that is mostly considered as a fundamental part of society and a source of safety, survival, protection and happiness. The simple gift written by Steven Herrick and the scream painted by Edward Munch significantly shapes the understanding of alienation and relationships, feeling not connected within society, family and friends. Alienation is basically a state or experience of being isolated from a group towards a lack of identity, however, relationships is the way in which two or more concepts or people are being connected in a positive or negative situation. The novel and painting deal with lack of relationship and the feeling of being isolated. The viewer develops a strong connection to the idea of alienation and relationships as impacted on belonging.
Alienation is one of the key concerns evident through the simple gift and the scream. However, in regards to the simple gift, Billy one of the main character is being represented as poor and relies on the Bendarat river to clean himself, which shows he has almost nothing, but makes the most of everything. “There's a weir, where the water falls swiftly over rocks and forms whirl pools and bubbles and makes more noise.” This is referred to as a metaphor of washing the world away. When Billy enters the river, he's not washing his physical body, he's relieving his past emotional experiences by “washing the world away” escaping his worries and fears. Moreover, before Billy moving on in his life, he feels quite isolated and alone from family and friends, and the community surrounded by him. “ I lay in bed, listening, afraid to fall asleep and dream again of myself getting old long before my time.” This particular quote