Romulus My Father/ Watchmen- Belonging

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“An individual’s interaction with others and the world around them can enrich or limit their experience of belonging.” Belonging is a complex and ever changing perception of one’s self that is tested, altered and ultimately reflected upon as the epitome of upheld beliefs and expected moral actions determined by the influence of our surroundings which is determined by our place within the societal cohort. Belonging as stated is an inward reflection of your upheld moral code formulated by the company you keep and the choices you make which determine at heart the nature of your belonging. Within biographically written Romulus My Father by Raimond Gaitia and Watchmen a nostalgic noire-esk representation of the conflict between the USA and Soviet Russia in 1985 directed by Zack Snyder the notion of belonging extends beyond the simple ties of friendship and belonging through instinctive impulse but a developed, undervalued and heightened sense of an interpreted belonging towards individuals and their beliefs but within their environments. Belonging to an environment presents itself in the sharing of common interests, this societal belonging allows for the individual to belong within a society, although at times the sense of conforming can restrict the expressions of individuals who are opposed to set beliefs and can lead to instances of not belonging. Within the setting of Romulus My Father the notion of holistic belonging is adapted to an immigrant family whose belonging is evident in the beliefs central to their existence which uphold inherent practices of its family members, Romulus, Christine, Raimond and their emotional interpretation of their surroundings and towards each other. Romulus who is the title character expresses his belonging as a belonging to place. Romulus demonstrates connection to people through his belonging to his home land of Romania, “Always considered himself a Romanian” use of definite diction stressing “always” suggesting the relationship...
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