How Have the Roles of Old Bill and Caitlin Expanded Your Knowledge of Belonging in 'the Simple Gift'. Support Your Views with Quotes.

The role of both Old Bill and Caitlin has expanded my knowledge and understanding of Belonging in the text 'The Simple Gift' in a variety of ways.
The first few poems provide an insight into the character of Caitlin who, unlike Billy, has a stable family home and wealthy parents. However it is evident that Caitlin, like Billy, is searching for a kind of meaning that she cannot find in the world she exists in. In a material sense Caitlin has everything, the opposite of Billy and Old Bill when the texts begin. She meets Billy when he is scrounging food at McDonald's while she is working mopping the floors. The time spent by Caitlin with her parents in comparison with the time spent with Billy reflects the relationship she had with both. A strong sense of connection and belonging is depicted by the part in novel, when Caitlin parents plan on going away for the weekend, and Caitlin wants to invite Billy to her place. She provides a negative view towards her family.

Change for Old Bill comes in the person of Billy who befriends him after he notices him despairing after dropping a bottle of beer. He is a 'hobo' who has become one and dropped out of mainstream society because his daughter and wife have died after freak accidents. Thus his first change was dictated by the experience of his daughter and wife dying.

'Old Bill kept wandering from room to room discovering another side to the moon' the comparison between Billy and Old Bill's visit with “visiting the moon”; metaphor, for the social distance between these characters, a reminder that they belong to two very different worlds. These quotes show the way these character's are alienated.

Chapter seven is basically a turning point for Old Bill, who wakes Billy, instead of the other way around, with their unusual breakfast; a coffee and bowl of Weet-Bix. "I realised as i walked home that for a few hours, I hadn't thought of anything but how pleasant it was to sit with these people and to talk to them". This...