Tom Brennan and the Book Thief

In both the play, “Rainbow’s End” by Jane Harrison and the novel, “Sense and Sensibility” by Jane Austin a sense of longing to belong is created to avoid alienation and disconnection. Furthermore, moral value also portrayed through their sense of belonging and weather they want to belong to a community that made them choose to hurt people that what is morally right.

The play “ Rainbow’s End” explores the characters’ sense of belonging through three women from an indigenous family and their longing to fit into the white community. Dolly is an adolescent of aboriginal heritage, and the youngest of the family. This is revealed through Dolly’s dream to become a nurse. “But really…I…its silly, but I’d like to become a nurse.” The pauses suggest that the dream is a dream and becoming a nurse suggests acceptance from the white community. Another example of Dolly’s yearning to belong to white community is the Mooroopna- Shepparton dance dream sequence. “…and the winner of the miss Mooroopna-Shepparton is Miss Dolores Banks” This shows Dolly’s longing to belong but the fact of that it’s a dream sequence suggests that she knows it’s not likely to come true. Hence, Dolly’s sense of disconnection from the white community due to belonging to indigenous family.

This sense of belonging is also seen throughout the novel “Sense and Sensibility” by Jane Austen. Through the three daughters and their mother experience change to their sense of belonging and with their father death. This is shown in the decision Mrs. Dashwood makes to move to Devonshire into the Barton Cottage. “…than Mrs. Dashwood indulged herself in the pleasure of announcing to her son-in-law and his wife that she was provided with a house” the adverb suggests ‘pleasure’ shows that moving to a new area will provide a new sense of belonging that was lost with her husbands death. This new sense of belonging is further showed through the ending when she sees her daughter married and happy. “ Mrs. Dashwood was...