Better Homes and Gardens | Analysis | Catherine Moffat

The story I am going to analyse is called “Better Homes and Gardens”. It is written by Catherine Moffat. The author lives on the New South Wales Central

Coast and she is known for stories where strong social justice is one of the main themes and a lot of her stories are about people being both on the edge of themselves but also on the edge of society. And this short story is not an exception.

The theme of this story is about homelessness in a modern society and especially being homeless as a child, where you need to take responsibility early in your life.

The boy in the story is in the early teenage years and he has started to realize which situation they are in. But it is different with his little sister Grace, she is too young to understand what situation they are in.

“So when Grace comes running out of school with an invitation to Samantha Ling’s birthday party, dad and I aren’t exactly thrilled. Grace is burbling with excitement.” (p. 3, ll. 87-88).

This line shows us that Grace do not have an idea about the situation. The reason why she does not understand the situation they are in, is because the protagonist and the father is protecting her from the people outside their family.

Most people have a negative opinion about being homeless, and they do not want Grace to feel different from her friends and other people.

They want her to have a normal life and childhood like others.

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