The concept of belonging is more complex than it first appears is a true statement and can be proven through the deconstruction of the texts ‘Romulus, my father’ and ‘Neighbours’. The meaning of belonging is generalised as a process where an individual or individuals learn to connect with other people, groups, communities and the larger world. There are several ways that proves this statement above in both texts such as not belonging at the start of each story, complications with trying to belong and then finally achieving a full individual sense of belonging in the end. This is the general way that belonging is achieved but is much more complex than this process above. Firstly, belonging often starts out with an individual not fitting in to a certain community or group of people. This is extremely evident in both texts and through the use of language techniques, it applies the statement exceptionally. In the text ‘Neighbours’, the new couple had just settled in to a ‘street full of European migrants’ and made them feel ‘like sojourners in a foreign land’. This simile explains to the audience that the young couple are alienated and still feel like foreigners in their own land. This sense of not belonging is also evident in the text ‘Romulus, my father’ but in a more detailed and complex way. Almost instantly, the identity of the main character Romulus is questioned through the quote, ‘Romulus Gaita always considered himself a Romanian’. We also manage to see that he is trying to find a sense of acceptance to establish where he belongs. Even in his new home, Australia, he must gain acceptance because immigrants are not treated equally. Disconnection and separation is evident through the use of the quote ‘adjacent family camp but only Australian’s could live in it’. These quotes already explain that the characters of both stories do not belong and they are not as ‘black and white’ as it first seems. Afterward, belonging is achieved through minor...
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