Where The Heart Is Essay

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Light houseLight house, it's the house that provides hope. It's alone out there but always welcomes stranded ships and guides them the way. In the novel Where the Heart Is, Billie Letts introduces a story of a girl, Novalee Nation who is young and pregnant. From the beginning of her life, she has been unlucky with sevens. She is seventeen, seven months pregnant, thirty- seven pounds overweight - and now she finds herself abandoned at a Wal-Mart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma, holding just seven dollars and seventy seven cents. She has faced so many hardships that her hope for a better future is just gone and she is forced to accept the scary truth: her no-good boyfriend Willy Jack Pickens has left her with empty pockets and empty dreams. A jobless girl with no place to live, she is left to fend for herself and her baby. After a harsh delivery on the floor of the Wal-Mart and giving birth to a beautiful baby girl "Americus Nation", she finds herself making friends with the townspeople and being welcomed into their hearts and homes. Novalee may be homeless and jobless, living secretly in Wal-Mart but she is beginning to believe she may have a future. This world is so large, full of complications and disappointments that the only support and encouragement for a person is the "home" within oneself.Novalee Nation a young girl lived her life as an abandoned child. Lived in orphanage but never had a real home. All her life she dreamed about houses, all kind of houses that are built on the ground because she always lived in trailers attached with tires. "Novalee dreamed of all kind of houses-two story houses, log cabins, condominiums, ranch houses- anything fixed to the ground." (7). She loves all kinds of household items: furniture, appliances. She cut out the images she found eye-catching in the magazines and kept them in her scrapbook. The reason for her of keeping all the photos is that her mother left her when she was seven and since then all she wanted was a real home, a real family which would take care her as their own child. "She had been collecting pictures from magazines since she was little...pictures of bedrooms, kitchen, living rooms, walls covered with family pictures in gold frames." (7). While on her way to California with Willy Jack, Novalee kept taking pictures at every state line they crossed, with her pose beside the welcome signs. She wanted to frame the pictures so someday she could show their babies how they had travelled west. She had big dreams for her child, she wanted to provide her with each luxury she could that she was unable to enjoy in her childhood. "I want to get one of those patio tables with an umbrella over it where we can sit with the baby and drink chocolate milk and watch the sun go down." (7). It can be seen how much Novalee had dreamed about a perfect life for herself and her baby. She created the dreams by collecting small pieces of paper and building a home out of it in her mind.Novalee is always scared of sevens. She...

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