Belonging Essay

1365 Words May 13th, 2012 6 Pages
Belonging Essay
It is a well-known fact that belonging to a group can make an individual feel not only accepted, but more powerful that if they were on their own. Whether it is a community, youth group or even religion, belonging is an everyday occurrence of like that many of us do not even realise. Belonging to a group is more influential than belonging to an individual. We can see this in the texts The Crucible by Arthur Miller, 1984 by George Orwell and the listening task. Belonging to a group can give you a feeling of acceptance, but also can help you not to be targeted or marginalised. Also, people who appear to belong to groups, when looked at closer, in truth do not belong. Belonging to a group can also give you more power as a
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By weakening the independence and strength of individuals’ minds and forcing them to live in a constant state of propaganda-induced fear, the party is able to force its subjects to accept anything it decrees, even if it is entirely illogical – for instance, the Ministry of peace is in charge of waging war and the Ministry of Love is in charge of political torture. We can see that Winston, even though secretly voices his hatred for the party, still conforms to its rules and regulations at the beginning of the novel, to make sure he is not seen as a threat believing in separate things. In the listening task we can see that the speaker says “and remember that, in the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside.” This quote shows that the one outcast who fell astray from the pack ended up being worse off, which again shows that belonging to a group stop you from being targeted and marginalised, as if the outcast had not sought power and been fighting for unity with the group, they would not have been worse off. Also, the word foolishly is also emphasised, showing that if you stray from a group it may a stupid move. Belonging to a group can give you a feeling of acceptance, but also can help you not to be targeted or marginalised.
Furthermore, people who appear to belong to groups, when looked at closer, in truth do not

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