An individual’s sense of belonging is determined not only by their own choices but also by the attitudes of others. Essay draft:
Belonging brings to our attention the potential that all individuals are affected by not only their choices but the attitudes of others. The Notion of time allows for an individual’s perception to change and in-turn, form different attitudes towards people as we see through the characters in Rainbows End by Jane Harrison and Othello by William Shakespeare. An individual’s choices and the attitude of others plays an important role in shaping the way that characters perceive their sense of belonging, in both negative and positive ways in “Rainbows End” through the Koori women, Nan Dear and Gladys and in “Othello” through Iago and Othello. Through the notion of time, the characters in Rainbows End and Othello undergo a transformation in their choices and attitudes to others which leads to conflict and also acceptance in society. Challenges to the basis of belonging occur with the choices and attitudes of others. The choices of an individual and the attitude of others cause an individuals sense of belonging to change and evolve. In the cases of the characters Nan Dear and Gladys in the play Rainbows End, initially their belonging was to the Flats of Mooroopna. Both women realised the importance of being accepted within society, where they differed, is in their desire to be accepted within white society in the same way that they are in Aboriginal society. The beginning of the play emphasises Gladys’ desire to assimilate. This desire is expressed through Jane Harrison’s dream sequences. In Act 1, Scene 1 the dream sequence “…Gladys presenting a bouquet of flowers to the QUEEN. Instead of being formal, the QUEEN pulls her into a hug” expresses her desire for assimilation and belonging into white society. Jane Harrison’s use of juxtaposition between reality and fantasy symbolises the Indigenous people as a working class society and nothing more, because in Gladys’ dream sequence, she is hugging the queen while in reality she is holding weeds. This dream sequence symbolises Gladys’ position as an aboriginal in white society, as Aboriginals had no place in mainstream society. “The Queen” represents dominant power symbolising that white society are the dominant people. This enhances Gladys’ passion to assimilate as she wants to be part of the dominant race. While Gladys’ search for acceptance lies mainly in a desire for Aboriginal culture to no longer be marginalised, Nan Dear, due to her objection of white society expresses her desire to be as far from white society as possible. In The Queens Visit in Act1, Scene 1 Nan dear reveals “they forced us to leave Cummeragunja”. The word “They” is a strong symbol referring to white society, while “us” is referring to the indigenous community or the Stolen Generations. This underpins her anger towards white society and is further expressed through her desire “to go back and die there”. This reiterates the idea of Nan Dear wanting to die with her people instead of in the presence of white society. Gladys and Nan dear’s attitude towards white society juxtapose as Gladys feels as though assimilation is the key to her sense of belonging in society while Nan Dear wants to belong in her Indigenous society. The choices and attitudes of the characters change through the interstices and the end of Rainbows End. A sense of maturity begins to evolve amongst the characters during this point in the play expressing the effects of time on an individual’s attitude. Through the interstices of Rainbows End, Nan Dear puts her self-pride and arrogance aside to see what’s important for Dolly and proves she will do anything for family. In Act 2,Scene1 Nan dears says “…If you still want to move to Rumbullara it’d be better for the girl” which conveys Nan Dear’s desire to help her family anywhere possible even if it means moving to housing controlled by white society and “Rent...
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