Presentation on theme: "Area of Study The Simple Gift"— Presentation transcript:
1Area of Study The Simple Gift Written by Steven Herrick
2The Simple GiftIs a novel-length poetic tale about homelessness, relationships, wants, needs, the class system, and simple gifts.
3Textual Features the structure of the book language choice motifs setting and atmosphere.themes
4Conventions of Novel Chapters Title-page - diary entries from three characters: Billy, Caitlin, and Old Bill.Title-page- includes a quote that foreshadows the events or ideas represented in the chapter.- black and white image at the beginning of each chapter. These are a visual representation of ideas that are in the chapter.
5Conventions of Novel“The reader can see themselves progressing with the story. They see my stories less as poetry and more as a narrative.” Steven Herrick
6Conventions of PoetryFree-verse poems that tell of the character’s thoughts, theevents of that day, or their memories.Full of figurative language and it is a concentrated, intense form of literature because of it .Contains imagery.
7Perspective1st person perspective which helps the responder feel included in the story, we feel like we are being spoken to directly and intimacy is created.3 characters: Billy, Caitlin and Old BillExample: p 114 and 147.They become authentic and complex characters as we, the responders, enter into the dynamic interactions that they have with each other.
8Language ChoiceFigurative language enables the creation of powerful images.- metaphor“when you’ve got no window to closeand the wind and rainhits you in the facewith the force of a father’s punch.” (p10)
9Language Choice Figurative Language - similes. “Men in suits, like tired penguins,wait for the bus” (p28)
10Language Choice Figurative Language - imagery “the deep radiant colour burning gold,the bubbles dancingballet-perfect to the rim,the sweet-bitter smellof malt and barley.” (p95)
11Language Choice Colloquial Language “and reading books beside Westfield Creek while jigging school” (p123).Direct Speech– helps the responder to feel that they belong in the story.Repetition- ‘Men’ (p14)
12Setting Nowheresville - dark and melancholy, cold and wet place (p3-5) Bendarat- full of sun shine (p22,92,109). There is warmth, light and happiness to be found there.
13Setting As the atmosphere becomes brighter and more positive the characters rise above their originalsituations and character development isrevealed.
14Setting Billy and Old Bill’s visit to Caitlin’s house is likened to visiting the moon (p122). Thiscontrast in setting is a metaphor for the socialdistance between these characters.They have moved beyond social barriers and stereotypes to find a way to truly belong.
15Motifs Sunshine - symbol of growth and new beginnings Birds - symbols of flight and freedom
16Theme Simple Gifts Random Acts of Kindness Ernie, the train driver, offers Billy a warm place to travel and food.Irene, the librarian, allows Billy to read in the library and helps him find books.Caitlin does not dob Billy in to her boss.Billy gives ‘smokes’ to Old Bill and takes care of him.Old Bill gives Billy the keys to his house and helps him out with the Welfare people.
17Theme Belonging Into the World Relationships All of these themes can be linked to the conceptof Belonging and can support a wide range oftheses regarding Belonging.