Belonging: the Crucible.Hotel California, Painting 1977 22/25

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Thesis: To belong is to be accepted as part of a group, culture, place or society in general. Belonging Is essential to the human condition, for their wellbeing and their mental health. Related text 1: written text- Hotel California lyrics

The lyrics in this song indeed have, a hidden meaning pertaining to belonging. For example; “On a dark desert highway” the first line in the song. The name of the highway is not specified implying that he has never been on the highway before, also connecting to the first line of the chorus which says “welcome to the hotel California.” Which implies the same,(that he has never been there before, he did not belong, but is welcome which does implement a sense of belonging.) The line “we’re all just prisoners here of our own device” shows that the person saying that feels like they should not belong and are being held prisoner, but they also in a sense belong in that everyone is held there together for a similar reason. The last verse of the song gives the impression that the singer/writer does not belong and is trying to leave. The lyrics “you can check out anytime you like but you can never leave.” are clear evidence. The mood of the song is eerie and gives the audience a strange isolated feeling. The whole song relates to an unwillingness to belong and a yearning to leave. As well as the unwillingness to leave, the mood of the song is isolated and this pertains to not belonging, which relates to the feelings of Tituba in the crucible. Tituba is out of place due to her difference in race and culture. Like in the song, she has no choice as to whether she leaves and is given virtually no rights, as a black woman slave. Related text 2: Visual text- painting 1977 by Peter Booth.

Booth paints self-portraits built from his deep inner most personal thoughts and feelings. He uses thick brushstrokes and dark desolate colours to provoke negative emotions in his audience. A painting of isolation, alienation, displacement and...
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