Rainbow's End - Belonging

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“At the heart of any individual journey is the tension between belonging and not belonging.” Psychologist Abraham Maslow constructed a theory of self-identity. He believed that for one to understand themselves that had to achieve a true sense of belonging. The concept of belonging is explored through Jane Harrisons, ‘Rainbow’s End’, as well as Rachel Perkins television drama ‘Redfern Now’ episode ‘Stand Up’. Both texts represent belonging and not belonging through place, family and community. Each text emphasises on the tension between belonging and not belonging from the aspect of an individual’s journey. A Place is an essential part of belonging. Aboriginals believe that they do not own the land, that they are a part of it. However European settlement didn’t respect the Aboriginal culture and values. Despite constant issues between indigenous and non-indigenous land rights and owner ship the indigenous population still have a strong connect with land and thus, place. In ‘Rainbow’s End’ the Dear family live in a humpy on the river bank, which is prone to flooding. Despite the troubles with their home, Dolly is proud to be from the flats. “I’m from the flats, not even one of those townie types of cross-over aboriginals”. This quote communicates how proud Dolly is of her Aboriginal culture and that she feels connected to it by where she lives. In ‘Redfern Now’, the representation about place is completely different. Clifton Grammar is a privileged private school, in North Sydney. The school is a symbol of upper white class society. The school is often showed as a low angle shot, this highlights power and authority because the angles of the camera make the school seem larger. A completely different shot is used to show Joel in this very scene. After the low angle shot of the school, there is a high angle shot of Joel. High angle shots express a lack of power by making Joel look smaller, especially when compared to the intimidating school. This emphasises the...
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