English Belonging

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How have the texts you have studied for belonging explored the concepts of identity and place?

Belonging may be a way of acceptance, having security, fulfillment and/or a connection in association to people, places, groups, communities, and the world itself. There are different notions of belonging; however, they are recognized in cultural, historical, personal and social contexts. The poem Acquainted with the Night by Robert Frost is a perfect representation of belonging in terms of identity and place as the narrator describes his loneliness and isolationism throughout the text. Secondly, the film Edward Scissorhands by Tim Burton is another example that explores the concept of belonging in terms of identity and place, as Edward becomes the outcast of his town because of his identity, which further indicates to him that he does not belong to that place. Lastly, the novel Swallow the Air by Tara June is another text that’s theme is belonging which explores the concepts of identity and place as May rediscovers her Aboriginality through her travels.

Firstly, the poem Acquainted with the Night by Robert Frost is a belonging text that explores the concept of identity and place. It describes the narrator’s loneliness as he walks the isolated city streets at night. He has walked beyond the city limits and along every city lane, but has never found anything to comfort him in his depression. Even when he makes contact with another person (such as the watchman), the narrator is unwilling to express his feelings because he knows that no one will understand him. At one point, he hears a cry from a nearby street, but realizes that it is not meant for him; no one is waiting for him. He looks up at the moon in the sky and acknowledges that time has no meaning for him because his isolation is unending. The narrator is lonely at night and believes he does not belong to the world as he feels nobody understands him because of the way he is, his identity. The repetition of...
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