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Belonging Essay (Area of Study)

"No man is an island.”

This quote from John Donne, means that human beings do not thrive when isolated from others.
“It is essential for the health of all human beings in society to experience a sense of belonging”.

Belonging is the human need to be an accepted member of a group. The group can be family, friends, co-workers or a sports team, anything that fulfils the inherent desire to belong and be an important part of something greater than themselves.
To belong is the need for relationships with other people, not just an acquaintance or a familiarity, but the need to give and receive affection from people in our lives.

The following texts;
The Simple Gift, a novel by Steven Herrick
Spiritual Song of the Aborigine, a poem by Hyllus Maris
Another Day in Paradise, a song by Phil Collins,
Reflect on the idea of belonging/ and not belonging and how it affects the well being of persons in society.

In the novel, The Simple Gift, Billy feels alienated from the town in which he lives, and he is depressed by it. Herrick uses emotive and colloquial language to convey the sense of not belonging. The use of these negative adjectives such as "no-hoper" and lonely are listed one after the other in the verse, to convey how negatively Billy views the town and highlights his sense of separation. Billy wants to belong somewhere else and he has no choice but to go away. “I say goodbye to all that, throwing rocks down Longlands road".

Billy is sad to be leaving his house, his street and his school, this is the only sense of belonging he knows. Most of all he is sad to be leaving Westfield Creek, because this is where he spent most of his time. This was the place where he learnt the most, his favourite classroom”. This is the beautiful place where he found his escape from the reality of his home; this is where he fitted in, the place where he belonged.

Not belonging is emphasised in the song, “Another Day in Paradise” by Phil...