Belonging Speech Essay

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A sense of belonging is intrinsic to human existence. We thrive on company and having a sense of purpose in the world. However, we often suffer setbacks in our pursuit of belonging due to barriers which prevent us from being accepted. These barriers impose on our sense of belonging and result in feelings of not belonging. Barriers are most often caused by external factors such as prejudices and neglect. Overcoming these barriers is often impossible to achieve but in some cases, these barriers can be pushed aside and acceptance can be found. Two texts which explore the idea of barriers to belonging are Romulus, my Father and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Two major barriers to belonging that are found in both of these texts are prejudice and neglect which feature prominently in both The Philosopher’s Stone and Romulus, my Father The barrier of prejudice is a key feature found in Romulus, my Father and The Philosopher’s Stone. In the Philosopher’s Stone, the prejudice of the Dursleys towards anything magic related presented an impenetrable barrier for Harry to feel as if he belonged. This prejudice against magic existed since before Harry was born and as a result he was never able to feel like he belonged in their family. This is highlighted through the line “I knew you’d be the same. Just as strange, just as … abnormal. And then, if you please, she went and got herself blown up and we got landed with you.” This highly emotive language clearly expresses the barrier that prevented Harry from belonging, caused by the extreme prejudices that the Dursleys had against magic. The issue of prejudices causing a barrier to belonging is also explored in Romulus, my Father. The Gaita family was merely one of thousands of immigrant families who found their way to Australia in the years following World War II. Like many immigrants, Romulus Gaita found
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