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To what extent is an individual’s sense of belonging determined by external forces?

Support your response by close reference, to how ideas about belonging are represented in your prescribed text, and at least one other related text of your own choosing.

As human we all desire the constant necessity to belong; to family, cultural and social groups and to places - in particular our homeland. This essential instinct humans hold to belong allows meaningful and enriching connections and relationships to form with others and the wider world. Hence an individuals sense of belonging is significantly determined by external forces and a disconnection to family, communities and one’s homeland gravely impacts an individual’s sense of unity with the world and their role within society. Immigrant Chronicle

As humans we desire the constant necessity to belong. Our perceptions of belonging are shaped through internal and external forces; our personal, cultural and historical experiences, the connections made with people, places, groups and the larger world alter our aspect of belonging and notions of identity, relationships, acceptance, understanding of the humanity. Immigrant Chronicle by Peter Skrzynecki, in particular his poems – Feliks Skrzynecki and …. Demonstrates the enormous impact migrations and isolation from ones homeland can have on an individual’s sense of belonging. The Rabbits by John Marsden and illustrated by Shaun Tan highlights the detrimental effects of taking ones land has on their sense of identity.

The complex visual illustrations and allegorical context of the picture book, The Rabbits demonstrates how isolation from ones land can negatively effect their sense of belonging
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