We belong when we feel connected to others and the world. This notion is clearly portrayed through my texts Rainbows End by Jane Harrison, The Rabbits by John Marsden and The Ugly Ducking Illustrated by United Artists. Belonging is a mind set, which is at times affected by factors such as social status, individual circumstances and culture. Problems can often arise due to these factors and through my representations of belonging I will reveal and evaluate these significant issues.
My first text Rainbows End supports and reveals, to belong is to feel connected to others and the world. This will become evident through the use of symbols, slang language, formal language and tone found in this text. Rainbows End is a play set in the 1950s based on the lifestyle and struggle of 3 indigenous Australian women. Dolly, Nan Dear and Gladys are often excluded from the main white Australian community and face difficulties because of their perceived inferior social status and culture.
In the play Gladys and Dolly frequently use the radio. The radio is a symbol, it symbolizes the connection between the women and the rest of society. The women are able to listen and become involved in society even though they are perceived outcasts. The radio keeps them connected to society and in turn gives them the sense of belonging. On page 131 we see the line from Gladys ‘ and practice your French verbs’, dolly replies with ‘ Qui Madam’, although French is not their native language Gladys is insisting dolly to learn it so she can feel as though she belongs. Dolly frequently changes her manner and language depending on who she’s around. We see again on page 137 dolly says (in a loud back fella accent) ‘ Oi you little monkeys, get that ruddy bicycle back ‘ere..kick up the moon’. The slang language used by Dolly in this line reveals, she changes her manner depending on what group in society she’s trying to fit into. Dolly is again constantly day dreaming as a means of escaping her excluded reality from the white society. On page 139 we see a dream sequence ‘(posh) may I be of assistance miss?’ dolly mimics the posh tone of the salesman and replies ‘why yars,im after new linoleum. In her dreams dolly is able to reveal a relationship with the “upper-class” and a sense of belonging by talking formally as they do. An issue that lower-class citizens frequently face is their perceived inferiority, because of this lower class citizens feel they have to change or hide who they are just in order to belong. Dolly constantly feels excluded because she is constantly barred from adult conversation. On page 139 Dolly asks ‘how Nan’? Nan Dear replies ‘Never mind they just have’ and again on page 140 Dolly asks ‘why what’s she saving for?’ and Nan Dear replies ‘ Grown up business’. Nan Dears’ blunt tone makes Dolly feel like she doesn’t belong. Furthermore Dolly is excluded from conversation as she does not share the same age connection as Nan shares with Gladys. On page 149 the song “A girl like you” is played whilst Dolly and Errol are dancing, this song symbolizes that Errol believes they belong together and extenuates the connection he feels with Dolly. Dolly reveals that in order to belong you need to have a connection with the people around you, this is evident on page 172 when Dolly says ‘…A real home is where there a people looking out for each other’. A home is a symbol of a place of safety and comfort which offers protection and a place when you feel a sense of belonging. This line reveals to have a real home where you can experience belonging; you need a good relationship with the people around you. A connection. A lot of individuals do not have support from their family and can even be at times disowned. The feeling of loneliness and worthlessness is a significant issue faced by some.
My second text “The rabbits” further supports my thesis, we belong when we feel connected to others and the world. I will demonstrate this through the use of...
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