Belonging Romulus, My Father and the Kite Runner Essay

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Year 12 Assessment Task 2: Area of Study- Belonging “We all strive to belong” To what extent is this statement true with regard to your SET text and at least ONE related text of your own choosing? One’s understanding of belonging can broaden their understanding and acceptance of themselves and the world around them. The statement that we all strive to belong is true, however it may take time to belong to a certain person, place, group, community or even the larger world. This issue is explored in Raimond Gaita’s biographical memoir Romulus, My Father and Khaled Hosseini’s confronting novel The Kite Runner. Throughout these texts, the themes of personal relationships, migrant experience and morals and values arise from the concept of…show more content…
Therefore, Gaita demonstrates how his cultural upbringing in Australia has enriched his relationship with his father, allowing him to connect to the Australian landscape, just like Romulus does with the European landscape. Similarly in The Kite Runner, Amir struggles to find a connection with his father, Baba. According to Amir, their bond was a fundamental basis of their lives, however when describing Baba, he claims he is “a force of nature,” using a metaphor to not only place Baba as a superior character, but leaving room for sympathy for Amir as he, like Raimond, feels a distant sense of connection to the world of his father. Another prime example of Amir feeling no connection to the world of his father is the soccer games that he, whilst full of regret, participated in, just to try and feel that sense of belonging he was hoping for. Amir would pretend to enjoy soccer even though he was “hopeless” and his “scraggy legs” couldn’t keep up with the sport. Amir’s condescending tone expresses his embarrassment and hate for the sport but the will to persevere to make his father happy, therefore demonstrating how Amir strives to belong. Amir’s personal relationship with his father was obviously dishonest which contradicts with his father’s

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