Belonging Notes: Ten Canoes

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Text| Statement (thesis)| Technique| Example(quote)| Why?(technique/support)| ‘Ten Canoes’| An individual’s identity and self-perception may develop through the process of belonging. Only the individual can determine whether or not they belong.| “It was dangerous thing to be makarakra partner, he could get speared instead of Ridjimiraril and Yeeralparil knew it”.| The meeting between the strangers and the tribe over the payback ceremony is shot from above, but closely.| There is aggression in the air, but also a sense of tribal belonging. The techniques are used to increase the intensity of the scene and enforce its importance.| ‘I Am Vertical’| A person’s level of acceptance within society can differ predominantly or even be the opposite of how they perceive it themselves. Conflicting perspectives can often lead to unaccepted behaviours or even self-destruction.| “I am not a tree with my root in the soil…. Nor am I the beauty of a garden bed”.| Plath uses nature imagery.| By comparing her self-perceived worthlessness to the beauty of nature, Plath provides an insight for the responder of the lifestyle which she aspires to attain. The emotions that are portrayed by Plath assist the responder in understanding her want for separation from society.| ‘The Ugly Duckling’| The dynamic process of belonging is affected by the individual’s social circumstances which determine the course of action taken by the individual.| “I will fly to those royal birds,” he exclaimed, “and they will kill me, because I am so ugly, and dare to approach them; better be killed by them than pecked by the ducks”.| By using demeaning tone and figurative language, Anderson allows the responder to further understand the despondent attitude of the ugly duckling.| The responder may feel a great deal of sympathy for the duckling, as he is relinquishing on himself and the world around him.| Belonging
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