Belonging: Ayli and Related Texts

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Belonging is determined extrinsically as it is gained and lost through the acceptance from others. Individuals can only find a sense of belonging if they have a group to which they can find support or kinship, such as a family. Governments and large groups of people (like communities) can offer a substantial level of belonging. However, as common as it is to belong to a government, country or community, throughout history individuals have also been rejected by them, and forced to be outcast. The concept that government and communities are amongst the greatest sources of belonging AND rejection is explored in the three texts I have chosen, which are, As you like it by Shakespeare, Refugee Blues by W.H. Auden, and Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s …show more content…
Both states of belonging are determined by the government, hence an extrinsic decision.
P.M Rudd uses many short syntax punch lines to evoke thought and evoke a sense of belonging and inclusivity between all Australians such as:
• Let us Resolve: which pledges reconciliation between the government and Indigenous peoples, creating a sense of belonging at fault of the government
• Mutual: implies that these emotions and feelings are consistent from person to person, again creating a sense of belonging in the broad community
Rudd uses inclusive and empathetic language to create a sense of unity of emotions, allowing people to relate and belong to this emotional feeling of reconciliation. For example:
The hurt, the humiliation, the degradation and the sheer brutality of the act of physically separating a mother from her children is a deep assault on out senses and on our most elemental humanity
This is evocative of the injustice served to the Indigenous Australians. He is defining boundaries for socially acceptable behavior necessary to provide a sense of belonging for those in the community.
The use of 1st person plural (us, we, I) is inclusive and plays a large role in determining this sense of belonging. Rudd accentuates this sense of belonging in
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