AOS - AOS: Belonging Human beings are social creatures that...

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AOS: Belonging Human beings are social creatures that require a level of interaction that can only come through belonging. Therefore belonging is a vital aspect of life. However, belonging often represents the compromise of personal beliefs or integrity in order to establish or sustain connections. Raimond Gaita, author of the memoir Romulus My Father explores connections to Australia from a migrant perspective. The film “Gattaca” directed by Andrew Niccol, and the short story “Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell, both explore the forgoing of integrity in order to find a place in society. Belonging is attained through upholding personal beliefs and maintaining individuality. Gaita’s memoirs record his fathers struggle to find his place in the world. Romulus “always considered himself Romanian” and struggle in the new migrant environment. Raimond describes a particular instance when in a fit of rage he steels his father’s prized shaver. This is a key moment as it represents Romulus loosing a part of his heritage. Romulus upheld strong values in the household “He hated lying and believed that only a rigorous truthfulness could give. ....strength of character” imperative language is used to emphasise the need for integrity. Romulus highlights integrity as a main means of belonging and bases it on his upbringing in a strict European household. In one sense Romulus cannot belong because he cannot severe the connections to his previous life and accept his new life; however his desire for honesty allows
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