landmark passages of life in most Singaporean boys' life, A'level examination, Students who study in Junior College in singapore has to take this exam, when the boys got back their examination, some were upset(wing), some were happy(sham) with it, National Service, Meets Strict Sergeants and soldiers who comes from different backgrounds, struggles to know where they fit in., Boys who reached the age of 18, have to attend NS in Singapore, Dating, Materialistic, In both relationships, Wing chose the girl because of her outer appearence, Wing dates chloe and tries to balance with his studies but was unsuccessful, afterwards, he dates may but it was just another failed relationship, When Eugene was at the club, there were 2 girls in front of him, he chose the prettier one, Void Deck, this is only found in Singapore's HDB flats, Wing and Sham goes to this place to talk about their own personal matters, Heartland, the story takes place in Ghim Moh, singapore's heartland
Dreams, boys in 2000s, dreams are bigger, the 5Cs, boys in 1990s, hope for a smaller identity, Contented with living a simple life., want to be able to support family
Character, Not boys of Wing's age may have the same introverted charcter that wing has, Nostalgic, Wing remembers unimportant stuff like the surroundings, Some may not even bother where he belongs to, while Wing keeps thinking about his past., He does not know what he wants. He doesn't have a goal in life., boys now wants establish a career, be a CEO of their own company
Family, Wing comes from a single parent and traditional family, Now most parents are modernized, they know how to use computers which most parents(Madam Lee) don't in the past
Perspective, the book heartland is written in the 3rd perspective and it is ominiscent, we are only able to know how does Wing feels, thinks etc. other characters feeling, thoughts are neglected.
Studies, Does not mean the whole of singapore goes to Junior College, some goes to polytechnic or start working already, He wants to study as much as he wants.
People have different characteristics, they have their own individual thinking as compared to Wing. Their living styles might be different from a typical Singaporean.
definition, realistic: accurate representation of things as they really are., portrayal: depicting or representing
definition, search:to look into, question, or scrutinize, identity: The distinct personality of an individual