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ENGLISH STUDY NOTES – YEAR 12
BELONGING – JOY LUCK CLUB- DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN

Texts explore the many aspects of belonging; the individual may face various barriers, their attitudes towards belonging may shift through time. Texts often show the choice of choosing not to belong, to the barriers that prevent the individual from belonging. HOW IS BELONGING CONVEYED THROUGH PEOPLE, RELATIONSHIPS, AND PLACES ETC? HOW DOES THE COMPOSER USE LANGUAGE, MODE, STRUCTURE OR FEATURES SHAPE THIS SENSE OF BELONGING? HOW DO YOU PERCIEVE THE WORLD THROUGH THESE TEXTS?

HOW HAS THE TEXTS BROADEN OR DEEPEN YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF YOURSELF AND THE WORLD IN RELATION TO BELONGING? THE JOY LUCK CLUB: BY AMY TAN
-The novel is both biographical and autographical upon Amy Tan’s personal life. JOY LUCK CLUB HAS THE MAIN CONCEPT OF:
oChinese-American life
oInteraction between mother and daughter
oRelationship struggles with men (both father and lovers)
oContrasts between past and present
oInteraction between two different cultures
Focusing on two cultures, and two generations and the chasms between them. The mothers and daughters separated through various factors; age, experience, ambition and culture. *belonging influencing factors, have the power of either making OR breaking those barriers of belonging.

EVIDENCETECHNIQUESIGNIFICANCE
‘’what will I say, what can I tell them about my mother? I don’t know anything…’’ – Jing mei wooSelf evaluation, rhetorical question.
Connotes the idea that lack of understanding towards heritage, culture, or family can create various barriers towards an individuals’ motive to belong. ‘…Your mother is in your bones!’ MetaphoricalThis establishes that idea that familial belonging is not just mentally engaged to the individual, but also physically. It highlights the fact that one is incapable of removing themselves from their own blood related mother. One will forever be a part of the mother and will essentially belong to their family no matter what circumstance. ‘She sits by her fancy swimming pool and hears only her Sony walkman…’ – Ying Ying St.ClairDescriptive language, metaphoricalIt highlights the idea that LENA ST CLAIR has adopted the white American culture and has grown to alienate/abandon her mother. It elaborates on the idea that generation differences can play a vast impact upon an individual’s access to belonging. ‘…She and I, unseen and not seeing, unheard and not hearing, unknown by others…’ – Ying Ying St.ClairMetaphor, ironyRELATIONSHIPS, plays a vital impact towards the individuals sense of belonging. One must protect one’s individual ideas, beliefs and values to sustain that sense of belonging. ‘You don’t even have to open your mouth. They already know you’re an outsider…they know you do not belong’The quote represents the social influences that impact on the individual’s sense of belonging. ‘No she never eat it, she doesn’t like’ – Ying Ying St.ClairBroken languageThe use of broken language establishes that clear linguistic barrier that Ying Ying herself struggles from. Therefore acts as a barrier for Ying Ying’s approach to connecting with Lena also the overall approach to belong to the American culture. ‘A mother is best, a mother knows what is inside you’ -MetaphorOnce again, this quote connotes the impact that a mother, a blood relative has much greater impact on the individual’s sense of self and belonging compared to others. THE JOY LUCK CLUB – AMY TAN

DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN – AUTOBIOGRAPHY- RUBY LANGFORD. -Why we didn’t assimilate
Ruby Langford, an aboriginal mother: whose family has just recently been moved into a white neighborhood? Placed into an environment where they don’t belong. Especially Langford, therefore making them feel marginalized, discrimination and racism also plays a vital part towards their sense of belonging. BUT familial belonging in this text fills in for this lack of...
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