The concept of belonging is more complex than it first appears
When we think about the concept of belonging, the first things that pop into our heads are acceptance, friendship, and even the most simple signs of connection and harmony. But when analyzed more closely, we find out that belonging really is more complex then it first appears. The idea of belonging being more complex than it first appears is fantastically demonstrated by the combination of techniques used in the novel 'Romulus my father' by Raimond Gaita and also in the song 'I must belong somewhere' by Bright Eyes.
One of the major aspects of belonging which is throughout the entire novel, is the belonging that Romulus has with his personal character. Gaita uses the word “work” as a metaphor to represent the way his father believes that work and character lay hand in hand. Romulus gains the respect of many different people in town from both his ethics and the quality of his work. Gaita re assures his fathers strong character with the use of colloquial language when he tell us that Romulus only “Took pleasure in the esteem of those whom he knew to be deserving, and the praise of the lazy, the dishonest and those whose character and work were shoddy meant nothing to him.”
The song “I must belong somewhere” ideally talks about the struggle of trying to find a sense of belonging somewhere. At the beginning of the song, the symbols used to represent belonging are regular day to day things that most people can relate back to belonging such as a “bicycle chained to the stairs” As the song continues, these symbols begin to change from ordinary things that we see as belonging, to things which are negative like “Leave the poor black child in his crumbling school today.” These negative symbols used demonstrate the composers view on people still having a sense of belonging, even though most people see it as a negative situation.
Similarly, In “Romulus my father”, Romulus is seen as the