LINKS TO BELONGING:
The family is unable to establish roots because they keep moving houses.
Some people in the family like moving from place to place, but others don’t. A quote which backs this up is the kids are ‘widely exited’ and the oldest girl is ‘close to tears’.
Belonging to a place is closely tied to belonging in a family. All people in this family are affected by the father’s decision to relocate. It is that to belong in this family, movement is necessary, despite individuals wishes.
Family members often have to sacrifice or compromise what they want in order to belong in their family. Some members wish to establish a permanent sense of place and others don’t.
LINKS TO GREAT EXPECTATIONS
Imagery: “green tomatoes”- pre-mature, preparing
for uncertain future?
“Hands bright with berries” hope of new situations.
“Ute bumps down the drive” life is not smooth (easy)
Juxtaposition of the differing perceptions of moving based on how they belonged in the place they were living- the oldest girl is on the verge of tears and the youngest girl is ‘beaming’. This is also shown in the mother’s acceptance of her ‘drifter’ lifestyle through the image of the ‘bottling set’.
A lack of permanent place to live can provide for a spontaneous lifestyle- anything can happen. This is shown through the repetitive dialogue from the mother ‘Make a wish Tom, make a wish’.
WHAT IS THE TEXT ABOUT?
Drifters demonstrate a family that’s always on the move, with no place to settle down for long. This is why it’s called drifters to describe this family. It looks at the members of this family response to frequently change and how it has affected them.
By: Bruce Dawe