‘An individual’s interaction with others and the world around them can enrich or limit their experience of belonging.” Discuss this view with detailed reference ( 2010 HSC Question)
Considered a fundamental aspect of being human, belonging is an ambiguous concept which can offer individuals a sense of identity, security and connectedness. Experiences of belonging are closely related to a person’s interaction with others, as positive experiences can enrich their sense of belonging, and negative experiences can limit their sense of belonging. An individual’s limited experience of belonging through their inability to positively interact with others can often incite them to reject the majority through acts of defiance, self-alienation and
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There are varying views of the school from the persona and his mother, as evident through the symbolism of gestures which serves to highlight their enhanced or limited experiences of belonging within the school community. The persona’s mother ‘said a prayer’ for her son’s future intention, which demonstrates her reverence towards the school’s formalities and showcases her enriched sense of belonging to the group as she can interact with its members through the school’s religious roots. This can be juxtaposed with the actions of her defiant son, as he violently “stuck pine needles” into the motto. This use of pine needles in attacking the motto highlights violence and aggression the persona feels towards the school, which is a direct reflection of his lack of interaction with others resulting in his feelings of insecurity and actions of defiance which in turn builds a greater barrier to belonging.
The idea that negative interactions within a group dynamic can lead to a limited experience of belonging is further explored in Stanley Kubrick’s film, A Clockwork Orange, through the rebellious protagonist Alexander de Large and his inability to belong to society as a whole as a result of the sadistic actions he inflicts on people. The audience is introduced to the protagonist in the opening scene through an intimate close-up shot of his smirking face and piercing