Belonging Essay

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Ideas about “not belonging” have been presented as much as about “belonging” in texts. Composers often raise issues about the protagonists by making them feel a sense of not belonging on their journey. The audiences are allowed to access characters’ inner world through the comparison and contrast between a sense of not belonging and belonging. A sense of not belonging occurs when people are disconnected from something, which can make them feel being alienated, misunderstood or isolated. These are learnt from the following texts: the play “Educating Rita” by Willy Russell, the film “Billy Elliot” by Stephen Daldry and the fiction novel “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card. A sense of not belonging will result in a sense of alienation. During the setbacks in the play “Educating Rita”(Act1 Scene8), Rita firstly realizes the fact that she does not belong to the world where educated people have knowledge, wit and taste and she becomes urged to belong to it. Rita says:” because I am a freak. I can’t talk…I can’t talk…I can’t learn…I’m a half-caste.” The use of highly emotive nouns “freak” and “half-caste” represents her sense of alienation; moreover, Rita is feeling inferior to the people who are well-educated. This is further emphasized as Rita constantly uses the modal verb “can’t”. Rita expresses her sense of not belonging by the repetition of “can’t”, which means her inability to talk and to learn as the educated people. She also releases her frustration of not belonging which comes from the huge difference between her way of presenting or communicating and the people who is regarded as “proper student” by her. Similarly, in the film “Billy Elliot”, also during this setback, when Billy goes to the Royal Ballet School, he feels a great sense of not belonging. When the doctor is testing his spine, he does have no idea about what to do, which we can tell as the doctor repeats “head down” three times in less than 5 seconds. It was later on stressed when Billy is having...
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