Perception of Belonging

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An individual’s perceptions of belonging evolve in response to the passage of time and interaction with their world.
In what ways is this view of belonging represented in your prescribed text and at least ONE other related text of your own choosing? – Moria Perenise
An individual’s perceptions of belonging evolve in response to the passage of time and interaction with their world. In today’s society we are known for adopting the latest trends when seen, trying to fit in by changing our identities and falling into traps were we think we belong when really we don’t. There are numerous perceptions that we as individuals perceive belonging to be. They connect you with other people and their experiences; determine your status within society
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The migrant mother wants her son to be educated a way that is “best;” that will help him “belong” in a new country. “What was best” suggests her repetition of these words and her strong desire for her sons belonging despite the obstacles of “fees and expenses.” The unfamiliarity of the Latin motto, “Luceat Lux Vestra” further adds to the sense of the boys alienation, mistaking it for a “brand of soap.” The repetition of the “eight years” displays the message of a hard, long and painful journey that he had to endure. “For eight years, I carried the blue, black and gold.” He carried a burden, something of which he didn’t want to do. The list of the colours displays a lack of interest and a sense of detachment that he had with the school. Uniforms are designed to make students fit in and identify proudly with the ethos of a school yet there is no indication that Skrzynecki feels he belongs to the school. “Unchanged by eight years weather” Peter showcases the alienation that he suffered throughout the entire eight years there. He started the school with a sense of not belonging and still even throughout the eight years of time there, he still does not belong. His limited level of interaction within the school has contributed to his sense of not belonging within the school. He wasn’t interested at all; he was only doing it for his mother’s sake and knew that he did
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