‘An individual’s interaction with others and the world around them can enrich or limit their experience of belonging.’

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An individual’s sense of belonging being something which exists internally, though to experienced it, one must discover an external source. This notion is expressed in Raimond Gaita’s philosophical memoir, Romulus My Father, as the text emphasises the ability to interact with others and the world around them in order to create a sense of belonging to a place, socially and relational. Gaita depicts the difficulty for post-WWII migrants’ ability to connect with the rural Australian setting, which ultimately acts as a barrier for one to belong socially. Though Gaita emphasises, the idea of familiar relationships, which ultimately enrich an individual’s sense of acceptance. Moreover, these notions are similarly express in J.C Burke’s novel Pig Boy,   as the author depicts an overweight teenage struggle to interact with others and the world around him, due to the lack of an external source ultimately limiting his experience to belong.  

Gaita’s memoir demonstrates the notion of lacking an external source limits an individual’s interaction to belong, through the character, Romulus experiencing alienation. Romulus feels like a “prisoner in Australia”, due to his inability to interact to the unfamiliar landscape and struggles to experience an external source in order to form a connection. His desire for the “generous and soft European foliage”, leads to him to limit his sense of belonging as the “eucalypts of Baringhup…seemed to symbolise his deprivation and barrenness”. Moreover, the use of symbolism in “the eucalypts of Baringbhub” in comparing it to his “deprivation and barreness”, emphasise Romulus inability to interact to the land, as due to him being unable to experience an external source, makes it feel fearful.

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