Essay on Home Is Where I Belong

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Home is where I belong

The sacrifices, the beliefs, and the values parents implant in their children will help determine the person they grow up to be. A child is like a sponge that absorbs their parent’s thoughts and viewpoints that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. A bad event can scar them for life. For example, if a parent constantly yells at their child for no reasons and shows no signs of love, the little one’s childhood would consist of nothing but bad memories. This is exactly what happened to Shelly, the Indian girl from the “Homecoming”. The female protagonist definitely suffered immensely due to the lack of parental love and the constant battles in the house. Her careless parents would never stop blaming her
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“The time before [her marriage] had no meaning, no value for her” (15). No more battles means no more scars. All she cares about is to live happily with her lover. But the moment when Shelly’s father gets ill, the house does as well. “Inside, the house was empty. Shelly walked from room to room. Nothing to greet her, only dust and the silence”, just like her father who was laying on the hospital bed when she came in to see after five years (21). The empty room symbolizes the father’s slow death. After being in the empty room, she realizes that her father is no longer able to care or to love her anymore. He is slowly dying in front of her eyes and there is nothing she can do to save him or the memories she has of the house. It is then that she starts to appreciate him and to truly love him.

The author uses the father’s hand as symbolism to illustrate the sacrifices that he made for his daughter. In the beginning of the story, the main character never understands why her parents make her go through hell by always blaming her for everything. “Shelly was sick of hearing how much it cost them to raise her, how much they had to sacrifice for her” (16).
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She is so fed up to the point where she has to escape and run away. However, after seeing her father lying on the hospital bed with all the scars and bruises on his hand, she finally forgives him and let go of the pain that she

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