Belonging Essay

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BELONGING ESSAY Perceptions of, and attitudes towards belonging are varied and complex, with individuals shaped by their social, historical and cultural contexts. Despite being inherent, a sense of belonging may be experienced through an array of affiliations with people, places and events which enrich feelings of acceptance, understanding and thus create an
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In an attempt to spread his ecstasy to other’s despair filled lives, the protagonist invents a product, ironically called ‘bliss’. This changes people’s perceptions, however, as an unforseen consequence he loses a significant aspect of himself; his identity. Akin to The Lost Thing, belonging is depicted as a process which creates a monotonous world through the low saturation of colours in the medium panning shot of the city. The absence of dialogue accentuates that conformity leads to the dehumanisation of humans, a notion heightened through the ominous synthetic music. Paradoxically, once the protagonist creates a product utilising his individuality and is labelled the “GREATEST INVENTOR EVER!” the close up of his despondent facial

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expression conveys feelings of marginalisation and unacceptance. This notion of seclusion is articulated through the medium shot of an empty

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