Relationships and experiences shape who we are as an individual and our sense of belonging

Relationships and experiences shape who we are as an individual and our sense of belonging, this is explored through Steven Herrick’s novel ‘The Simple Gift’. Herrick represents this idea through Billy’s journey discovering what it feels like to belong. Billy struggles to find a sense of belonging throughout the start of Herrick’s novel, the impact of relationships are shown through Caitlin and Old Bill’s friendship with Billy. Billy’s experiences throughout the novel also help him feel like he belongs, throughout Herrick’s book, Billy advances from a shy boy to a confident young adult who eventually feels as if he has a home and friends who love and care for him.