A Bronx Tale Analysis

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The basic human need to be accepted and belong can cloud our judgments and direct our actions. A sense of belonging can emerge from the connections made with people, places and the wider community. It is these connections that influence where meaning is sought out in and individuals life and ultimately, where we belong. In Peter Skrzyneki’s poems ’10 Mary St’, ‘Migrant Hostel’ and the related text, a film called “A Bronx Tale”, directed by Robert Di Nero and written by Chazz Palminteri. The aspect of belonging is influenced and encompassed through a variety of contexts which have both an optimistic and pessimistic effect on the individual and various groups. Connections with physical features such as a new home or certain places when adopting…show more content…
The Bronx, New York during the 1960’s was a time where the African Americans and the Italians experienced a great amount of conflict. In my related text, the film ‘A Bronx Tale’, the notion of belonging is expressed through the shared experiences and continuation of the Italian heritage within the community. “You know why I live here? Availability, I wanna stay close to everything”. The use of a rhetorical question conveys to the audience thinking about what creates a sense of belonging. The positioning of the camera as it is only showing the face of Sonny, who is the towns most feared man, places emphasis on his facial expression giving a very serious atmosphere in front of Cologero, who is a young man growing up trying to find his place in this world. Many people who come from a foreign country find it very hard to discover a sense of belonging. In some cases an individual may come across people who will help find that sense of belonging. “The last thing Sonny told me was that it’s the choices that you make which will shape your life forever”. After seven long years of Cologero trying to find his meaning in this world, Sonny, the man that he looked up to passed away after being shot and that is when Cologero realised that it’s what he does now, at the present time which will determine he belongs. The camera angle gives the viewers a bird’s eye perspective as the Italian populated town gathers to mourn the death of Sonny; it shows how close of a community they really are. The background piano and violin piece is very soft and calm giving an emotional atmosphere. What the closing scene conveys is a community which has successfully kept their heritage alive by sticking with to culture and their own
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