Rainbows End Belonging Analysis

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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…show more content…
The play explores the way the aboriginal and white communities maintain a conflict on widely divergent cultural values. Each character in Rainbows End has a different opinion on the community they belong or want to belong too. Nan Dear firmly believes that she only belongs within the indigenous community. "Nan Dear: Says they've got this new powder that's guaranteed to turn your skin white. Know a few folk who'd like to get their hands on that". Nan's ironic remarks and dotted around the play, which allows both her cynicism about the white community and her feelings of belonging to the aboriginal community to be displayed. Dolly also demonstrates a strong connection to the aboriginal community throughout the play. The quote "Dolly: Your world. And you're just assuming that your world is better... I'm not so sure it is better. And as far as what your offering... no thank you. This is my place. I'm staying right here with my mum and nan." (p.g. 172). Dolly has no doubt to which community she belongs to. The strong contrast between the pronouns 'your' and 'my' the idea that the two communities are segregated. These pronouns also reinforce how Dolly feels a strong connection to the aboriginal
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