Romulus My Father Essay
885 WordsJul 5th, 20134 Pages
The concept of belonging is more complex than it first appears is a true statement and can be proven through the deconstruction of the texts ‘Romulus, my father’ and ‘Neighbours’. The meaning of belonging is generalised as a process where an individual or individuals learn to connect with other people, groups, communities and the larger world. There are several ways that proves this statement above in both texts such as not belonging at the start of each story, complications with trying to belong and then finally achieving a full individual sense of belonging in the end. This is the general way that belonging is achieved but is much more complex than this process above.
Firstly, belonging often starts out with an individual…show more content…
The first complication at the start of the story was the language barrier but this seems not existent as during the preparation of the duck the ‘newcomers found themselves shouting’. This incident and the other main incident of the young couple in labour both conjoin in explaining how belonging is also achieved over time. Little incidents combining to achieve a complete sense of belonging are also evident in the text ‘Romulus, my father’. The first two incidents are related to build the migrant experience already evident in the text. The first of these is when Romulus sets fire to a bush to kill a snake and then when he uses his skills to save the life of Neil Mikkelson. However, it is different to ‘Neighbours’ in the way that not all incidents are building the sense of belonging in the main character. The sense of belonging between the father and son is only achieved through the complication that his son, Raimond, is in England studying. These examples explain that minor incidents or one big complication can ultimately lead to a full achievement of belonging.
Concurrently, a full sense of belonging is therefore achieved. This is evident in ‘Neighbours’ by one incident which requires a thorough deconstruction and full understanding of the text to see that there is a sense of acceptance within the community. Belonging in this story is achieved when the young man evolves and understands the generosity of the neighbours. ‘On
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