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“you Can't Buy What I've Got” Is Darryl's Way of Life Worth Fighting For?

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Darryl’s life is worth fighting for. “You can’t buy what I’ve got.” ‘The Castle’ directed by Rob Sitch, about one man, his family and neighbours on the verge of being homeless. Darryl Kerrigan, the “backbone of the family” won’t stand for that. Of course no one can buy what he has. He’s spent almost his entire lifetime building what he has, why should he give it up? Darryl’s way of life is simple yet filled with family values. 3 Highview Crescent is the home to Darryl, his wife Sal and their 3 children: Wayne, Steve, Tracy and Dale. (Wayne currently being in jail.) The house is made up of love, and simple family values. Darryl’s also added bits and pieces to it. He’s added on so much to the house, his own personal touch. His neighbours, also in the same bout are almost family to the Kerrigans. Jack and Farouk are another reason why Darryl’s ready to take matters into his own hands.

Darryl’s house isn’t a house, it’s a home and “A man’s home is his castle”, everything he loves and cherishes is inside that house, from his family to the poolroom, worthless junk to anyone but the Kerrigans. The family is so close knit and together the house is apart of it. The poolroom is an example because everything with sentimental value has it’s own very special spot in the poolroom. Darryl also makes everyone in the house feel very appreciated because he’s always giving compliments to his wife and children, “Why would you go to Thailand when you can have this every night?” and when they gave him presents for father’s day, items that he probably couldn’t even use, he made it the giver feel like good, “This is going straight to the poolroom.” Darryl even made Dale feel like he accomplished something when he dug a hole, “Dale dug a hole. Tell ‘ em Dale.” Steven and Darryl also bond over the Trading Post. They’re constantly looking for bargains in the newspaper, but most of the time the prices are too high. Darryl gives Steven the nickname, “Ideas Man” because he’s always thinking of creative things that they need. All this is what Darryl’s fighting for even Wayne mentioned that, “It’s not just the house, it’s Mum and Dad too”. Darryl’s also got 4 greyhounds living in a kennel that used to be a cubby house for the kids, he built himself. Darryl loves the dogs; they’re almost apart of him.

The house is worth fighting for because Darryl’s spent so much time and effort on it. Darryl’s so proud of the house, from it’s built on rooms, screen in porch, the kennel, big satellite dish and the carport. Darryl even pointed out that the Victorian gingerbread trim was plastic and the fake chimney. Even the massive power lines in front of the house that scare away most people is something special to Darryl, who likes to stand there and gaze up at them

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