ACCT2542 - Strong human spirits are essential for belonging...

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Strong human spirits are essential for belonging. Discuss with reference to your two prescribed texts one related text of your own choosing. Strong human spirits are essential for belonging. Belonging means being understood, accepted by others and feeling comfortable about oneself. Human spirits refers to the force or principle which animates people from the inside. Personality, individuality, determination and personal desire are important parts of human spirits for one’s sense of belonging to oneself, one’s relationship and the larger world. The following texts, Educating Rita , Billy Elliot and The Two of Us explore the process of one’s sense of belonging through a variety of structures, styles and techniques. In W. Russell’s play, Rita is a hairdresser from working class background, who feels “slightly out of step” and wants to find “meself”. Russell uses a variety of language techniques to create a comic view of how Rita’s sense of belonging with herself, her relationship and the larger world is influenced by her spirits. Personality shapes one’s sense of belonging as an important part of human spirits. Rita’s tutor, Frank calls her “the first breath of air”. This use of metaphor suggests Frank’s acceptance of her different personality. It also illustrates Rita’s individuality, being unique in the Open University from Frank’s point of view. Personality can be shown in one’s language expression as well. Rita’s language is informal. Her slang expressions, such as “meself”, “dead narked” suggest that she doesn’t belong to the proper students in contrast with Frank’s formal use of “one”. However, Rita has low self-esteem in terms of her education, she is confident in life. She tells Frank to fix his door when she comes to Frank’s room for the first time. It
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