To What Extent does achieving a sense of belonging rely on accepting one's past, present and future?
Our sense of belonging changes significantly over our lives. As we encounter new situations and experiences our sense of belonging natually changes. This essay will with detailed reference to Romulus, My Father, Black Magic and Goodfellas show how experiences change our sense of belonging. To achieve contentment in our sense of belonging it is imperative that we accept our past, present and future
Raimond has his first sense of belonging when he intially moved to Frogmore with his father. Raimond feels an immediate connection to the farmhouse even though it is delapadated. '' Primitive thouse the house was, it made it possible for my father to keep me rather than to send me to a home, and it offered the hope that our family might be reunited''. Accepting our past, present and future is imperative to achieve a contentment in our sense of belonging.
Romulus on arrival to Australia feels undervalued and slighted by the casual racism he encounters. Despite his exquisite skills as a blacksmith he is forced to work as an unskilled labourer. '' My father was mortified and humiliated, most deeply so when my mother and Mitru arrived with their friends. The local newspaper ridiculed the new Australian for his folly. To achieve contentment in our sense of belonging it is imperative to accept our past, present and future.
Christina experiences a limited sense of belonging as she is familiar with a rich urban lifestyle rather than isolation. This isolation is symboled by her attitudes towards the landscape. '' A dead red gum stood only a hundred metres from the house and became for my mother a symbol of her desolation. To achieve contentment in our sense of belonging it is imperative to accept our past, present and future.
Gaita presents these aspects of belonging through use of an omniescent voice. The omniescent technique consists of the narrator in...