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Texts Relating To Identity And Belonging Essays

The student who wrote this essay comes from a Cantonese language background. He arrived in Australia in late 2007.

TOPIC: Texts may show us that a sense of belonging can emerge from experiences and notions of identity, relationships, acceptance and understanding.

To what extend do the texts you have studied support this idea?

(2 texts and 1 related texts)

OPENING PARAGRAPHS:

First draft

The idea of belonging represent the important and fundamental value over our lives; are most commonly emerge from experience and notions of identity, relationships, acceptance and understanding. The sense of belonging is extended by the personal aspect in each of the text and is created though various ways throughout the text such as Migrant Hostel and Ancestor by Peter Skrzynecki and Australian by Baz Luhrmann. Each of the texts have a wide range of ideas on how belonging is being conveyed though the experiences and notion of identity, relationships, acceptance and understanding by a variety of literary devices.

Working on the essay

The idea of belonging is an important and fundamental value in our lives. Belonging most commonly emerges from experience and notions of identity, relationships, acceptance and understanding. The sense of belonging is represented in various ways throughout [the]texts such as “Migrant Hostel”and “Ancestor” by Peter Skrzynecki andAustraliadirected byBaz Luhrmann. Each of the texts has a wide range of ideas on how belonging is created though personal experiences and notions of identity, relationships, acceptance and understanding.

Final draft

The idea of belonging is an important and fundamental value in our lives. Belonging most commonly emerges from experience and notions of identity, relationships, acceptance and understanding. The sense of belonging is represented in various ways throughout texts such as “Migrant Hostel”and “Ancestor” by Peter Skrzynecki and Australia directed byBaz Luhrmann. Each of the texts has a wide range of ideas on how belonging is created though personal experiences and notions of identity, relationships, acceptance and understanding.

Read all three stages complete in the following PDF files.

Erratum: In the final draft paragraph 1 on the PDF — “notion of identity…” should be “notions of identity…”

 

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BELONGING ESSAY 

By: Rizwan Zafar Page 1

Belonging is important in

The Namesake

, and our related text

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

directed by Joel Zwick 

and my own chosen text

 J.D Salingers The Catcher in the Rye

. Thesetexts show how belonging is integral to human existence and brings more meaning to oneslife. Belonging is about being comfortable with the people you interact with and theenvironment you find yourself in.Our prescribed text,

 Jhumpa Lahiris the Namesake

explores the link to belonging in moredetail. The emphasis is on Gogol Ganguli. Gogol struggles with a sense of belonging to hisfamily and his Bengali culture and heritage throughout his life in the course of the novel.Belonging is a fundamental need, whoever in The Namesake we are given the idea of notbelonging. Physically, emotionally and intellectually, mankind needs companionship. Thevast majority of people desire to become associated with and accepted by those aroundthem. In the Namesake with the mother we see the opposite affect which is exclusioninstead of inclusion. Inclusion typically denotes safety whereas social rejection or exclusionsignifies danger or a sense of inferiority or unworthiness, this is definitely the way Gogolfeels, which increasingly is affecting his wellbeing given the serious social consequences of individuals who perceive themselves as victims of rejection, isolation and ostracism.Gogols struggle with his identity is the focus for the novel. Gogols name becomes a symbolfor this difficulty. Changing his name to Nikhil allows him to feel that that he can escape alife to which he does not belong.Our visual text

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

we see not belonging by a certain person withinher family. The concept of belonging to a family is shown extremely well throughout themovie. We see that Tula is unhappy about being Greek. We see this when she is growing upand when at school. Her eating Greek food and attending Greek school are the main factorsthat show her discomfort in belonging to the Greek culture which her family embraces inheavily ignoring the way of the American life however this is not what Tula really wants shedoesnt to be different but wants to be part of the dominate culture which is American.In my

Big Fat Greek Wedding

we experience a sense of belonging which emerges fromTulas family however little from Ians family. In the movie we clearly see a concept of belonging to a community. The concept of belonging is conveyed through therepresentations, ideas, places events and societies that they encounter until they getmarried were they truly belong to two communities.Tula has no control over where she belongs. Families are the primary intuitions of belongingand they link us to our communities, societies and nations. However we see that Tula lacksbelonging to a family as she is different and is not up to her fathers expectations. This allchanges after the Wedding, we see that both couple are accepted by both parents. Ian eventhough not being born a Greek belongs to Tulas family and her father buying them a house,shows the love and affection he has for them both.