Belonging - Peter Skryznecki & Mean Girls Essay

1191 Words Sep 25th, 2010 5 Pages
Belonging is not always a good thing. What disadvantages are there for individuals and society in belonging? Refer to set text and one other related text.

Belonging in some instances can not be beneficial for ones wellbeing. Negative consequences may arise from the way in which one develops belonging. Barriers to belonging can be imposed or voluntarily constructed, and allowing one to distort the barriers can affect the way one belongs to people, places, groups or the larger world.

Peter Skryznecki’s persistent desire to connect/belong to his cultural heritage is carried forth in various poems, such as Feliks Skryznecki and Postcard. Cultural barriers determine whether the composer/responder is able to belong, and shows the ways in
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Similarly in Postcard, his link to cultural background is established from his parents being exiled, through a traumatic experience. His reluctance to connect with his cultural background is amplified in the third stanza; ‘…I never knew you Let me be’
This signifies his loss of enthusiasm to connect with his heritage. Having knowledge about Warsaw in third person, and been told stories about massacres and bombing attacks, creates a distance between the two. And he develops an understanding that to not belong to this place would be a superior decision.

For Cady Heron, in Mean Girls, to be apart of a group in society was all she wanted as she began high school. However, her connections to people are skewed as she joins a group called ‘The Plastics’.
Her perceptions of fabricating a friendship with these girls were overcome by her loss of connection with her first group of friends, Janice and Damian. As she enters the cafeteria for the second time a wide shot is used to create a sense of space and introduce the cafeteria environment. She is engaged by Regina, one of the plastics, to sit for lunch. From knowledge of Regina, she knows that her personality is harsh and intimidating. A feeling of pressure and insignificance is created by the placement of the three ‘Plastics’ on one side of the table and Cady on the other. Cady’s confusion is amplified by the use of a close up camera angle, which shows her reaction to being asked to join them for lunch.

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