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A Sense Of Belonging Requires An Understanding Of One's Past

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'Put oneself in else's shoes', expecting that everyone have heard of this quote as it floats around the world and has been translated in almost every language, and it works! In this essay about belonging we are going discuss about how an understanding of one's past develop a sense of belonging. Without understanding what a person have gone through, either adaptation or fighting for acceptance we will never be able to understand how one can or cannot handle adjustment and we will not learn to appreciate our own present sense of family, place or society. The issues about belonging have been demonstrated and illustrated in a picture book 'My Place' by Nadia Wheatley and Donna Rawlins, and a ...view middle of the document...

Therefore, reading the picture book and the novel and understanding that not every family is perfect we will develop our to selves to appreciate more towards the family we have which represent our senses of belonging.

By understanding other people's reason of why they belong in a specific place, we will be able to to find out our own reason of why we might belong in a place. In the picture book 'My Place', the author develop her stories from the present back into the past. In every chapter of the book, the 'big tree' will be brought up by each narrator in which everyone of them share good stories about the tree, it is where they feel safe, fun and belong. Either the reason are that they spent time under the tree with their family, or climb on the tree to have fun with their friends or just enjoying their time thinking on their own, it all make sense.Meanwhile, 'looking For Alibrandie' illustrate this sense in another way. Josie, the main protagonist, had to attend a school she didn't like because she was different from everyone else there, she realise she belong in another school where all her friends go to. Josie's reason of not belonging in one place is because she was different from everyone else and felt belong to a place of more people like her. Migrating to other countries, moving houses or moving school are one of the major consequences occurring to a lot of people today, it became a part of life. We all will learn to adjust to new environments, it's only a matter of time and how flexible we are. People who are new to moving from place to place often find themselves not belonging in the the place and felt uncomfortable. However, they learn to adjust and adapt to their new environment and found a new place where they belong. To conclude, understanding why each of the character felt like they belong at a place helps us work out on our reason of belonging in a place of our own.

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