Romulus Belonging Essay

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To be secure one must belong and to obtain the life necessity of belonging one must feel secure and trusted in a certain group. Respect must be present and encourages important alliances and equality within a community. The inability to belong highlights faults, leaving an individual vulnerable to alienation by the community and isolation by themselves. Lack of common communication potentially leads to a sense of not belonging. Within Raimond Gaita's; Romulus my father conception of belonging have been conveyed. Another text that portrays themes of belonging is a Victor Flemmings production which is known as the wizard of Oz this timeless classic is aimed at a much younger audience than Raimond Gaita's Romulus my father; however it possesses great detail of belonging and symbolic references to belonging throughout the film. Security is portrayed through both texts and is a major idea of belonging. Romulus my father is a memoir of Raimond Gaita's father, it tells the story of what Romulus was like as a father, the difficulties and compassion thee man had and of course the themes of belonging. Through the memoir Romulus's wife Christine shows little affiliation with her family. She doesn't belong. Christine grew up in Germany and first met Romulus at a young age of 16. Her first child Raimond gave her responsibilities as a mother to care for and to give her child Raimond the sense of connectedness every child needs. Christine neglected these responsibilities due to the fact that she herself could not belong: "Sometimes she was obviously and deeply depressed. Desperately lonely..." being so lonely Christine could not find refuge of belonging. Secluded and lonely she did not feel secure. Raimond Gaita uses juxtaposition to highlight his father against his mother: “My father's devoted care of me contrasted obviously with her." Romulus aspires to care and give Raimond the best childhood he could. Due to Christine’s neglect he had to be compassionate and secure a...
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