Belonging Is a Complex Term That Describes Connections of Many Kinds; to Family, Place, Community, Faith and Nation

‘Belonging is a complex term that describes connections of many kinds; to family, place, community, faith and nation.’

Belonging is a complex term that describes connections of many kinds; to family, place, community, faith and nation. Raimond Gaita, the Unknown Composer and Gurinder Chadha challenge and explore these different ideas and concepts of belonging as well as not belonging through their texts ‘Romulus, my father’, ‘The Fruit Painting’, and ‘Bend it Like Beckham’. All three composers explore and analyse the idea that a person’s identity is shaped by the way they are perceived, and it can therefore have an impact of the way they feel they belong.
Family is very important in Romulus’s life. Gaita makes this very clear through the emphasis on his father’s morals and values throughout the memoir. The descriptive language that Gaita uses to describe when his father ‘urged him to find his adopted sisters’ is powerful in that impacts on the audience’s sense to strength the subject matter of the text, allowing the reader to fully believe Romulus’ belief that ‘for brother and sister not to know of each other’s whereabouts, let alone existence, was so profoundly against the order of things’. By knowing about his sisters’ existence and for them to know about his, Gaita understood Romulus’ urge for him to know his whole family. Within Bend it Like Beckham, Chadha also emphasises family and their impact on one’s sense of identity, however for the majority of the film Jesminder’s parents are shown in a negative light as they are against her dreams to play football. Chadha uses the opening scene of the movie to show Jesminder’s daydream of her playing for Manchester United with the crowds’ and professional’s opinion showing that they agree with her choice. It is the lack of colour of the studio set and the close-up of Jesminder’s mother that shows she is against the idea while also showing her anger at the situation. The use of emotion within the mother’s voice as...