Belonging Essay

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People's perceptions of belonging vary according to the way they see themselves and their world.

Individuals feelings of alienation and belonging is perceived by the way they see themselves and their world. As individuals become accepted within their new world, their surrounding forge acceptance, thus alienation becomes less apparent. Individuals foundation of belonging from alienation through the way they see themselves within their world is conveyed within “The Blind Side”, and “Felicks Skrzynecki” by Peter Skrzynecki. Within these two texts individuals similarly generate a sense of belonging in despite of cultural differences thus overcoming their struggles to gain a perception of acceptance within their world. Whereas “10 Mary Street” by Peter Skrzynecki portrays his perception of himself as belonging to his world and within his home.

Individuals perceptions of one's self worth within their world effects their sense of belonging. “The Blind Side” is a powerful projection of cultural injustice and the misperceptions of cultural identity that shape an individuals sense of belonging, Michael does not belong within his community. The long shot of Michael sitting in the stands alone projects Michaels isolation from the remainder of his population. This broad shot generates an image which makes Michael seem miniscule within his world and thus his perception of his self worth is conveyed with negative impressions, Michael has no sense of belonging as he sits abounded, alone in a shot which over shadows him. “I look and I see white everywhere. White walls, white floors and a lot of white people.” As Michael is being brought into Leanne's family through this dialogue it is conveyed that it is a difficult transition, Michael see's his race as a barrier between the acceptance of his new world, which highlights the void between the rich white population and the less fortunate culture which Michael was born into- Michael doesn't perceive himself to belong....
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