Some People Sacrifice Themselves in Order to Belong.’

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As social beings, human are constantly driven by the need to belong. The ways in which we connect with the people around us and the groups we choose to belong to, form and influence our own identity. How we deal with the paradox of wanting be who we truly are while at the same time being accepted by others form the heart of our identity and is reflected in the ways we present ourselves to others. Belonging to groups and communities, whether it be family, social or environmental, has countless benefits, providing us with a sense of security and protection as well as nurturing and helping us to develop our own sense of self. However, belonging comes with a price. Groups may demand obedience and conformity, and as a result, sacrifice and compromise must be made in order to fulfil the expectations of others. Often, we belong to many groups , and as belonging requires various forms of change within a person, individuals are forced to take up multiple or inconsistent identities depending on the people they are with. As a result, our sense of identity can never be constant. So great is the human desire for acceptance and inclusion that some individuals are willing to give up anything in a desperate attempt to belong. Peter Weir’s film Dead Poet’s Society highlights the drastic consequences that may result when the need to meet the expectations of others comes in conflict with the desires of the individual. Additionally, Alice Pung’s memoir Unpolished Gem depicts the journey of three generations of women trying to live the Australian dream without losing themselves. Succeeding to varying degrees, Pung shows us that the journey to belonging can be difficult, but that satisfaction can be reached when a balance between self-sacrifice and individuality is found. The movie Dead Poet’s Society explores the notions of belonging and the sacrifices made by individuals in order
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