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Belonging Essay

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It is through the establishment of active connections on both an emotional and physical level that can contribute to a sense of belonging. A sense of belonging involves intimacy with, but is not restricted to a community, family or culture and is the outcome of the process of understanding one’s self identity. Despite this, a sense of not belonging can result in an enhanced recognition of relationships and aspects of life which are conveyed in Raimond Gaita’s memoir, Romulus, My Father where perceptions of belonging are shaped. Also, the development of belonging is evident in The Arrival by Shaun Tan and Road to Perdition by Sam Mendes. These texts represent alienation and how belonging ...view middle of the document...

Furthermore, Gaita develops and intrinsic link between the struggle for belonging and a sense of place. Through Frogmore, Raymond’s relationship with his father Romulus changed. The desolation from the community caused the two to become more dependent on each other. The “Sunbeam” symbolised a sense of home and security as it released the thought of isolation from the community. The motorbike acts as a catalyst, stimulating the growth of the father and son relationship. The process of learning how to ride the motorbike leads to continuous interactions with his father, developing their relationship. The apparent vulnerability of Gaita in “only shorts and sandals” is juxtaposed with a sense of safety and belonging in the metaphor “crystallised in me a sense of freedom”. The imagery of the “dead red gums” and the simile “looked ghostly” provides a perspective of fear, loneliness and isolation in the night. This experience of loneliness created a bond between him and animals changing his “karacter” to become more reliant on others. Finally, through the lack of interaction with others, Raimond’s attitude towards his father modified, developing intimate emotions for each other. “I loved him too deeply and knew after what we shared at Frogmore, no quarrel could estrange us”. Frogmore here represents the growth and development in their relationship brought about by the physical isolation of their home. The sense of belonging with his father is enhanced, brought about through isolation.
Social rejection and alienation also contributes to the development of a father and son relationship similar to Romulus, my Father. This is expressed in Road to Perdition by Sam Mendes. The film explores the consequences of belonging to an Irish organised crime syndicate. The social rejection and isolation is represented as Sullivan seeks revenge. Psychological transformations occur when belonging is betrayed as revenge acts as a catalyst as Sullivan and his son come to an eventual understanding transformed by their alienated relationship. As Sullivan hunts down those who protect...

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