Belonging - Emily Dickinson + 2 Texts

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Belonging "To belong is to feel secure and safe and to know ones place in the world." All people want to belong. That want to belong has many degrees and many ambiguous meanings. The wish to belong reflects each person and their situation differently, yet that one desire is still felt similarly by all human beings and even non-sentient creatures. This is the case for Emily Dickinson and her poetry, as well as two very different texts, ‘Walking Naked’ by Alyssa Brugman and the play ‘Stolen’ by Jane Harrison. They all show the desire to belong by several individuals, and all express the same issues that connect them, even though their stories are all vastly dissimilar to each other. Emily Dickinson was born in 1830 and ever since adolescence; she felt a lack of connection with the human social world. Her unusual connection with nature however had become her outlet of her lack of belonging in society. Her poetry very much reflects this, and she advises the audience subtly in her writing that it is not society’s fault that she cannot live in the regular social world, but she just needs something that society doesn’t give her. She also wishes acceptance or tolerance from the world, wanting to ‘belong’ to a small degree, even though she cannot. Dickinson’s poem “this is my letter to the world” is her main body of work, being one of the only two poems that were published in her lifetime, and is one of the strongest poems that shows her connection with nature and her lack of belonging to the human world. The form of a letter to convey her message functions as a strong metaphor to show her separation already from society. Dickinson states that her ‘letter’ to the world was a one sided attempt at communication ahead of her. “ The world did not write to me, the simple news that nature told” shows that as the world fails to comprehend and communicate the principles that
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