‘An individual’s interaction with others and the world around them can enrich or limit their experiences of belonging ’
This statement has two point of views in which that can relate to the novel ‘ The simple Gift’ by Steven Herrick and the poem ‘ Refugees blues’ by WH Auden. In the novel ‘ the simple gift’ conveys in the statement ‘An individual’s interaction with others and the world around them can enrich experiences of belonging’ whereas in the poem ‘ refuges blues’ conveys ‘An individual’s interaction with others and the world around them can limit their experiences of belonging ’. In the novel ‘the simple gift’ we are able to witness an individual’s (billy) interaction with others and the world around him which enriches their experience of belonging. On page109 “Hobos like us” the title of the poem highlights the shared experience of billy and old bill. Billy labels himself as a hobo, creating a sense of unity and belonging between himself and old bill through the new experience in life billy now faces as a ‘hobo’. In the title ‘ hobos like us’ Steven Herrick uses a simile ‘like’ in aim to create in the readers mind as it is a descriptive set of words. The poem ‘Refugee Blues’ by WH Auden draws the reader’s attention to the fight and struggles faced by refugees, ‘the city has 10 million souls yet there is no place for these two individuals’ this quote conveys the difference between the refugees and the ‘other people’ showing that because they are refugees they have limitations to where they could stay by the quote ‘if you’ve got no passport you’re officially dead’ meaning they do not belong due to their life experiences in the past. Therefore as ‘the simple gift’ shows as billy interacts with others gives him a new path in life also a place to belong as he states ‘ Hobos like us’ in the novel, were as the poem ‘ refugee blues’ shows the migrants les interactions with the world has limited the path and stoping then for belonging, making...
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