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An Individual’s Interaction with Others and the World Around Them Can Enrich or Limit Their Experience of Belonging.

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Belonging is a powerful motivator in people's lives as it provides a person with a sense of comfort and security. It could also influence and shape one self's identity as the individual may be present in an environment where he/she may conform into society's expectations. People strive for acceptance through others in certain groups such as family, class, race, community or school.

The term belonging means something different to everyone but most people would more likely adapt into mainstream society and have different perceptions. Understanding is a main part of feeling like you belong. Individuals belong when they feel connected to others and the world. However to do this they must first have an understanding and acceptance of self which will nourish their sense of belonging. A lack of understanding of the concept of belonging and yourself leads to preventing your identity, relationships, acceptance and ultimately belonging.

“An individual’s interaction with others and the world around them can enrich or limit their experience of belonging.” This statement can be reinforced within the texts, “Romulus My Father” composed by Raimond Gaita, ‘’The Red Tree’’ by Shaun Tan and the famous 1997 blockbuster film, “Titanic” directed by James Cameron. In Romulus My Father, it begins from a dramatic scene of young Romulus clutching a pitchfork to defend himself from his drunken uncle. As a child, his intoxicated uncle often beats and physically abuses Romulus at the age of 13. At times Romulus has been substituted as a shield, taking hits for his grandfather in order for him to protect him. This statement reveals that Romulus has derived from a dysfunctional family with his grandfather and uncle as the relationship between the three could never be rejuvenated, the household would forever remain unhealthy. “He’d probably kill his uncle if he forced his way into the room.” A verb has been used to convey Romulus’s urge and hatred to annihilate his uncle because he has...