Pd Notes

“More than anything else, belonging is about finding a sense of place in the world'.
Do you agree? Argue your point of view
In your answer, refer to your prescribed text and at lease one other elated text of your choosing.

Belonging is security. Where you belong is where you feel you are safe and so to belong to a place should mean that place is where you feel safety, security and accepted as an individual. The desire to belong has always seen as important and is depicted through the novel The Simple Gift and portrayed throughout a film, Little Miss Sunshine. These text types have various places which show how individuals can belong. A sense of belonging through connection to places serves to provide a sense of collective identify and sense of cohesion and cultural community.

For a young man, Billy, a main character in The Simple Gift, he travels to 'find that place in the world' where he can feel he can belong and feel safe and secure. This idea is shown through his journey and how he got to his final destination. The novel, written by Steven Herrick explores the different types of belonging but closely looks at how locality plays a significant role in an individual's sense of belonging. Billy, who is 16 years old meets two other people along the way which help his understanding of belonging and he helps them understand new concepts. He shares his life's experiences with his close friend and lover Caitlin and helps Bill, an old alcoholic get back on track from a devastating past hard to face.

Nowheresville, Bendarat and Wellington Road are all significant places which are portrayed in the novel The Simple Gift. I agree with the quote as it is evident Billy's feelings are revealed in each of these settings and from his feelings an understanding of weather or not he belongs can be seen. His actions and what he says reveals if he 'feel a sense of place' and this re enforces the quote and my belief that belonging is about finding a sense of place in the...