Belonging- Rainbows End Essay

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'Contact with other people is the most significant factor influenced an individual's sense of Belonging' Belonging is a complex, multi-faceted concept that highlights the need for people to feel a connection to a certain thing. Belonging can be created through acceptance, experiences, identity, relationships and understanding. The play 'Rainbows End' by Jane Harrison demonstrates that a contact with people is a significant factor of an individual's sense of belonging. This is shown through a connection of family and acceptance in communities. Acceptance in communities is also demonstrated in Bruce Dawes poem 'Migrants'. However a connection to people is not the only aspect of belonging demonstrated in 'Rainbows End'. Jane Harrison has also demonstrated that a connection to place can allow a individual to feel a sense of belonging. This concept of belonging to place is also an integral part of the poem 'My Country' by Dorothea McKellar. An integral theme of belonging in the play Rainbows End is a connection to people, specifically to family. The play follows the lives of three aboriginal women who live on the edge of a country town on the bank of the river. The play celebrates the optimism of the women as they struggle for acceptance in communities in the 'Menzies' Australia era. The sharing of property, like shoes between the Dear women and Aunty Ester symbolises the extended family shown in aboriginal culture. Ester being given the title of Aunty and her sons being called cousins demonstrates the kinship links within the Aboriginal community extended beyond immediate family. Dolly's strength of belonging to family is also clearly demonstrated in the rejection of Errol's proposal. "Dolly: But ... a real home?. A real home is where there are people looking out for each other [Beat]. Do they do that in your home, in your family, Errol?". This quote clearly

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