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Belonging Essay

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The need to belong in an integral part of the human psyche. All people, on some level, desire to feel a sense of belonging that will emerge from the connections made with people, places, groups, communities and the larger world. Belonging cannot be achieved without an understanding of oneself and their surroundings.
Belonging encompasses many different themes, several of which are explored in Romulus My Father. Throughout Romulus My Father the characters are either developing or not developing, an understanding of themselves and their surroundings through the connections made with people, places, groups, communities and the larger world. That is the characters are either developing or not developing a sense of belonging. The supplementary texts that I have chosen are: The Bourne Identity, which is a novel written by Robert Ludlum, based on a broken man, not only in the physical, but also in the emotional and psychological sense. The purpose of the novel is to show the struggle of a man who is attempting to put the pieces of his life back together after suffering from a sudden onset of amnesia. Through the loss of memory every aspect of his sense of belonging is completely removed, and as Bourne struggles to reclaim these aspects he struggles, to reclaim his sense of belonging. The Pursuit of Happiness is a film directed by Gabriele Muccino and is based on the inspirational true story of Chris Gardener. The film shows one man’s struggle to make something of his life, while providing for his family in the best way he can. The World at large is a song by the band Modest Mouse, and tells story of an individual’s search to belong and the problems faced in the process. Through the use of various text types and each composer’s choice of techniques, belonging is conveyed in many different ways.
The filial connection between Romulus and Raimond, is incredibly strong. They share a deep connection from the time spent together alone at Frogmore. Romulus says to a friend that “My son is everything to me.” This is similar to the relationship between Chris and Christopher in The Pursuit of Happiness. Shortly after Chris’ wife leaves him she picks Christopher up from day care but instead of bringing him home at six o’clock, like they had arranged, she keeps him for the night. Chris confronts his wife the next day saying “Hey, don’t you ever take my son away from me again. You hear me? … Don’t you take my son away from me again.” Chris, like Romulus, feels that he belongs with his son and from this belonging he is able to overcome the many obstacles he faces in life as a single father. Although there is no filial theme explored in the song the World at Large, the line “I like songs about drifters - books about the same. They both seem to make me feel a little less insane.” Indicates that for the songwriter, a sense of belonging is found in people that are similar to him, through the connections he has with other people.
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