“All attempts to belong must involve sacrifice of some kind.” To what extent have you found this to be true in your prescribed text and at least one other related text of your own choosing? To belong is to fit in, and to fit in you feel you must sacrifice certain cultures, places and family to allow you to feel you’re fully accepted. However this self-sacrifice can bring upon feelings of betrayal to your old identity, which can give you a sense of isolation and not belonging. In both Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel, The Namesake, and Christine Anu song ‘My Island Home’ we are shown the frustration and confusion that is brought upon a person sacrificing and compromising one’s identity in an attempting to belong in what they feel is the correct environment. The Namesake explores the inner conflict within a second-generation immigrant boy, Gogol; due to the clash of his family’s Indian traditions and his longing for the American way of life.
The super-ego is the conscience of guilt. It need for punishment and remorse, which have often use its function to consist in keeping a watch over the actions and intentions of the ego and judging it. The sense of guilt; superego acts on rebellion and against authority, which often put severe demands on the individual that can not realistically meet causing unhappiness. As for the religion belief, everyone has it own path to acquisition of happiness and protection from suffering. The value of life and distorting the real picture of life as it is.
Economics, politics and religion also can be motivating factors for separatism, such as when a group feels that wealth is being withheld or certain parties or religions are dominating a society or country. Another reason might be to right a historical wrong, such as when a group wants to reclaim land that it believes was wrongly taken by another group. Location can be a major reason for a people’s desire for separatism, the Scottish in the UK currently feels that the government does not represent them well and that a more local government would be more suited to their own needs for independence. Although they do have some level of autonomy where they have their own parliament some feel that they should take it further and become fully independent of the UK. Corsica, a French territory located to the south east of the mainland and west of Italy desires autonomy from France as it has a language difference, many signs on Corsica have had the French painted over in acts of defiance and the native Corsican language has been left untouched.
A well-defined value system is a moral code. During the time that August Strinberg wrote ‘Miss Julie’ the society then valued social status or hierarchy very much. It would not be normal for people of different social status to be married more so it would frowned upon and those people would probably be isolated from their original social class. In many parts of the play social values are being discarded or questioned. When Julie talks about her parents past to Jean.
Those who desire independence and individuality are limited by powerful and rigid tradition and social expectations, this repels change and difference. Belonging is explored, in both the play The Crucible and the text Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, through the struggle precipitated by change and strict social context with religious expectations. In The Crucible ‘the people of Salem developed a theocracy, a combine of state and religious power whose function was to keep the community together, and to prevent any kind of disunity that might open it to destruction by material or ideological enemies’ but strict conformities were developed creating a strong intolerance to change or difference. These ‘ideological enemies’ paradoxically
It could easily be described as someone who is willing to take serious risks to defend their beliefs, but that is too shallow of an answer, barely scathing the surface. To answer this question, I was forced to dig deeper inside of myself. Analyzing my own life, in comparison to that of John proctor and Rebecca Nurse, characters from Miller’s book the crucible, I’d like to think that id risk my own life, even sign myself to death in the name of my beliefs. Reflecting over witch hunts of their own accord which have taken place in my life, I realize that I am not as strong willed a person in comparison as I’d like to be, or how I had initially seen myself. I personally have experienced a witch hunt, which had gradually stalked its way into my life as the courts had done to idealized characters Taul, 2 such as Rebecca and Proctor.
This unwilling compliance can cause many moral dilemmas. Mob mentality can often be dangerous. When placed with a moral dilemma to leave the group or belong to it a sense of entrapment can be forced upon an individual to stay with a particular group. “All types of identities, ethnic, national, religious, sexual or whatever else can become your prison after a while. The identity that you stand up for can enslave you and close you to the rest of the world.” Quote from Murathan Mungan Not belonging to a certain group allows space for complete and utter individuality.
Thus, this lack of cohesion and differences between the family expectations and the family members shall be explored in order to unearth the reason for the Compson family’s decline, which will include social development, character roles, the loss of identity, and overall the degeneration of the family. Firstly, a well known symbolic interactionist, George Herbert Mead has stated that that the fundamental unit of organization in society is the family, this case is true when exploring Faulkner’s theme of family as if a family does not live up to expectations, the family would most likely be shunned by society. This is shown as a constant fear among some members in the Compson’s family, for example, since the Compson’s family name is tainted, the mother is always reassuring her son Jason that “you are a Bascomb, despite your name.” However it may seem just an excuse blaming the Compson’s name for her own failure in bringing up her children as parents are meant to be the first stage of a child’s social development, meaning any malfunction of a child’s social development would be the parent’s fault in upbringing as children will most likely inherit traits from their primary their agents. For example, Mrs Compson
As a result, religious myths play a key role within the society. For example: The Ibo believe that swelling of the body is an abomination. To preserve the tribe from the power of their gods, the clan casts this person into the Evil Forest to depart from life. There are many other myths with the Ibo religion that help the reader understand their way of life. Children are considered to be an importance to the representation of the family.
Although she presents valid evidence to support her point, she maintains a biased tone throughout the article. The following analysis will therefore show some elements of the author’s ideas that contribute to such a conclusion by identifying the flaws within the method the author uses and specific statements she makes. In nurturing her purpose, the author uses a counter effect, in that she uses the opinions of people who support polygamy and the promiscuity associated with it as a weapon against its self. She does this to create a differential canvas on which she carefully paints the social glory of monogamy and strongly highlight the adverse consequences of polygamy. In doing so, she focuses only on the benefits of one being monogamous and presents only, what is in her opinion, the social problems typical of polygamists.