People Experience a Sense of Belonging in Varied and Complex Ways. How Is This Explored in the Texts You Have Studied?

Topics: The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri, Culture Pages: 3 (969 words) Published: May 11, 2011
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People experience a sense of belonging in varied and complex ways. How is this explored in the texts you have studied?

Belonging in the sense is a fundamental concept and feeling that is affected by the innate desire for humans to feel accepted in society and in the world around them. It can often be determined by the contexts or relationships formed and the level of connection in which one may feel with another individual or place. The sense of belonging in complex and varied ways is attested in the Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel the Namesake, A sense of Place a television documentary by the ABC and also the newspaper article 2 of us, an interview by Rosamund Burton. Through the use of literacy techniques and devices, Jhumpa Lahiri intricately depicts how Gogol Ganguli in the Namesake experiences cultural difficulty in his environment and the way in which he and the rest of the Ganguli family struggle to find their identity in a place where their cultural background puts up barriers, in the sense limiting their ability to feel accepted and like they belong. A Sense of Place traces the personal histories and accounts for the feelings for young Vietnamese who struggle to find their sense of place in Australia where they are searching for their own identity and place to feel at home. The 2 of us explores the relationship between Robin and Najav, two different people of different cultures who experience a strong connection through acts of affection and kindness.

The Namesake deftly explores the ideas of belonging in varies and complex ways, throughout the way in which people establish groups within cultures and relationships. This novel explores an Indian family who migrate to America and spend their lives adjusting to a new culture and values. The struggle to belong is attested in their surrounding environment but also in their innate personal struggle for identity and discovering where they as individuals, fit in. The quest...
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