Question 2 Writing Task - Area of Study: Belonging
An individual’s sense of connectedness is conditional upon one’s acceptance of others and by others.
How accurately does this statement reflect the ideas represented in your prescribed text and at least one other related text of your own choosing? ‘The Simple Gift’ by Steven Herrick accurately reflects the notion that an individual’s sense of connectedness is conditional upon one’s acceptance of others and by others. This is demonstrated through the protagonist, Billy who leaves home and his dysfunctional family behind to find acceptance from others. Billy finds his acceptance and forms strong connections with Old Bill and Caitlin in Bendarat, the three characters are very different in many ways, but all are searching for a sense of belonging – a need to feel accepted. On the other hand, the commencement address delivered by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple computers and Pixar Animation Studios on June 12 2005 to Stanford University graduates, subverts the idea that an individual’s sense of connectedness is conditional upon his acceptance of others and by others. Instead, Jobs persuades his audience that one needs to connect with themselves personally, and not to feel the need to conform to others expectations. ‘The Simple Gift’ is told from the perspective of three main characters: Billy, Caitlin and Old Bill. It is written in a series of free verse poems, to tell the story of Billy a sixteen-year-old runaway. Billy was unable to find acceptance from his abusive father “gave me one hard backhander across the face, so hard I fell down...and slammed the door on my sporting childhood” p(15-16). The metaphor in this flashback depicts his isolation and disconnection from his father, and creates an image for the audience of disgust of how a young child can be treated in such an unloving way by his father. Caitlin from ‘The simple gift’ also has a weak connection with her father as he is unable to...
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