Extended Response – The Simple Gift
How does your core text convey the concept of belonging through a connection to place? Belonging is a complex, multi-faceted concept that highlights our inherent need to feel a connection with friends, society and places. Belonging is a choice the individual makes unless there are barriers which prevents the individual to belong. These choices and barriers help shape a person’s identity. This concept of belonging or not belonging to a place has been conveyed in The Simple Gift (TSG) through the use of each characters perspective, the tone of the text and a range of language techniques. This has been portrayed in The concept of belonging to a place has been shown through Billy’s perspective in the poem ‘Longlands Road’, it has shaped his identity as well as given him a reason to hate the place he grew up in drawing a lack of connection to his father. Billy tells the readers how much he hates the town he lives in and feels that he doesn’t belong “deadbeat no-hoper shithole lonely downtrodden house in Longlands Road, Nowheresville.” By the use adjectives, negative tone and expletives it shows Billy’s resentment he has towards his home town as well as suggesting negative experiences he’s encountered. Billy feels he doesn’t belong and even though there’s a sense of history, it has been a negative experience and has urged him to leave. At the start of the poem Billy describes that the house “this place has never looked so rundown and beat” showing the physical degradation of the house not being looked after symbolising the way Billy wasn’t looked after. Furthermore, suggesting that he doesn’t belong or have a positive connection to Longlands Road. By Billy’s actions of throwing rocks onto the roofs of the houses in Longlands Road additionally adds his negative attitude he has towards his street and the rest of the place situated in it. The increase of negative diction in the quote “I throw one rock on the roof” highlights his...
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