Through the integrated analysis of the prescribed text, ‘The Simple Gift’ by Steven Herrick, and the two chosen texts, ‘Marking Time’ – a mini series which was shown on television written by John Doyle, and an article from a medical journal entitled “What boys need – a sense of ‘belonging’” by William J Phillips;
the ideas that people seek belonging to find an identity, form relationships, and to learn acceptance and understanding; that context influences the experiences, perspectives and understanding of belonging, or not belonging; and that individuals who belong or not belong can enrich or challenge a community show that our sense of belonging and our perceptions of connectedness form the very foundation of self-image and self-esteem.
People seek belonging to find an identity, relationships, and to learn acceptance and understanding.
Billy’s home life provoked his withdrawal, gains quality relationships, he finds somewhere he can fit in and feel comfortable with, somewhere he can call ‘home’.
As the medical journal by William J.Phillips states: “That boys need a father – or an equivalent male role model’ and ‘That boys need peers they can relate to’ thus stating this need for relationships. Billy’s relationship with his violent father and his dissatisfaction in ‘Nowheresville’ was a barrier in allowing Billy to belong as his discontentment here led to his choice to not belong and thus caused his inevitable search for a sense of belonging. Billy learns that ‘there are men like Ernie, and there are other men, men like [his] dad.” The medical journal explains that explains that even if the quality of fathering the boy experiences is poor, a boy deserves to know who his father is, and to be helped to understand that what he does with his genetic heritage is ultimately his own choice.
Hal doesn’t intentionally seek for a new sense of belonging but it is challenged when he falls in love with Randa; he learns to accept a new...