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Belonging Speech

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An individual’s sense of belonging to an entity is integrated with a multitude of elements which determine their identity. ‘Strictly Ballroom’ directed by Baz Luhrmann, ‘Nineteen Minutes’ written by Jodi Picoult and the poem ‘Lament of Hsi-Chun’ translated by Arthur Waley all investigate the adverse effect of personality adaptation, experiences, (LIST THEM) on one’s belonging and segregates certain groups in a community as a result of their perceptions.
Composed by Baz Luhrmann in 1992, ‘Strictly Ballroom’ is an Australian romantic comedy film constructed in a pseudo-documentary form. The title of the film encompasses the limitation that we later on discover is not achieved. Strictly ...view middle of the document...

‘Nineteen minutes’ is an emotional novel written by Jodi Picoult which reveals the struggles that lie beneath the surface of the small town of Sterling and investigates the power of being different in society. Josie Cormier paints her face and soul everyday to transform herself into the girl who has it all. She fears that if her deep depression and insecurities ever get out, she will be ruined within herself and within the social world. Josie connects with her mother Alex as they are both absorbed in how society perceives them. She is introduced as a seventeen year old who appears to have it all based on her outer appearance. Josie’s first introduction are her thoughts where her life is compared to a room with no doors nor windows, which other students dream of entering, yet she feels trapped with no escape. She suffers common insecurity and mental instability as the narrator says “Either Josie was someone she didn’t want to be, or she was someone who nobody wanted.” The reader barely knows Josie yet her daily struggle beneath her flawless facade is immediately recognised. She forces herself to look and act a certain way to gain acceptance as Picoult writes “The problem was, when Josie looked in the mirror, she noticed what was underneath that raw skin, instead of what had been painted upon it.” Throughout the novel, Josie’s character is constantly reminded of her far-from-perfect-life as she is afraid of losing herself and becoming “a fake who had nearly forgotten what it felt like to be real.” The reader can relate Josie to her mother because they are both under extreme pressure to act a certain way. Josie is afraid of facing the truth and instead seeks comfort from the acceptance of her boyfriend and her elite group of friends. She relies on her social status to make her happy and must constantly remind herself how lucky she is. She may seem like she has it all but in reality she is constantly tormented by the pressure and is not satisfied with her life. For instance, when Josie is at lunch listening to her friends gossip and pick on a quiet student, she attempts to eat her fries but is interrupted as her boyfriend Matt glances at the fries and asks “You’re not going to eat those, are you?” He proceeds to pinch her waist to prevent her from consuming the greasy meal. This illustrates Matt’s extremely disrespectful behaviour and the emotionally...

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