ESL Holiday essay BY KLtn Essay: Relationships and experiences shape an individual’s sense of belonging. To what extent do the texts that you have studied support this idea? Relationship and experiences are two of the most common things in people’s life; they can shape people’s sense of belonging. A sense of belonging is the bond between people or something. Relationship like the brotherhood between brothers can form a strong sense of belonging between them.
Experience such as life experience or Just a talk with someone can also shape people’s sense of belonging to something. Both of them ake place to such a great extent that happens to anyone, which can be seen from the film “Billy Elliot” by Stephen Daldry, the play “Educating Rita” by Willy Russell and the fiction “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card. A sense of belonging between brothers is usually shaped by the brotherhood. In the orientation of “Ender’s Game”, Ender and his old brother Peter are playing a wrestling game where Peter obviously dominates Ender.
After he beats Ender down on the floor he “puts his toe against Ender’s groin” and “puts more and more weight on Ender”, Ender can hardly breathe. Then Peter ays “l could kill you like this”. The emotive verb “kill” tells us that Peter tends to rule over his younger brother. Peter’s lack of mercy on Ender shows a bad relationship between the brothers. Similarly, in “Billy Elliot”, during the orientation of the story, when Tony finds out Billy has played his record, he asks aggressively: “you have been playing my record? You little twat”.
The use of abusive language “twat” towards his younger brother shows their brotherhood lacking harmony. This is further emphasized as Tony takes Billys book, whacks on Billys head and calls Billy “nob- ead” However, as the proverb “Blood is thicker than water” goes, the true brotherhood love between brothers is unbreakable. It may be not that peaceful, but the sense of belonging between them shaped by their brotherhood will last forever. The night after Peter beats Ender, he sneaks to Ender’s bedroom and “kissed him on his forehead and whispered ‘Ender, I’m sorry…
I love you”, the comparison between the emotive words “kill” in the previous and the emotive word “love” conveys that no matter how unhappy brothers have been, the sense of belonging between them can lways call love back. The same idea is shown in the “Billy Elliot” when Jackie and Tony go to London to see Billys performance. Through a series of long shots showing Jackie and Tony’s movement, Stephen gives us a comparison between the two characters. Jackie moves slowly, whereas Tony is in a hurry all the time. He runs in every single shot, and urges Jackie to hurry up with imperative tone, such as “Dad! , “Come on! ” and “We are gonna be late. ” While they are on the escalator, through a high angle shot, both of them are depicted vulnerable in comparison to the big city. Jackie is fully shocked by the magnificence, as we can see he stands still and looks up at the ceiling; however, Tony is not impressed by anything. Although he also hasn’t seen the great city before, his sense of belonging to Billy urges him to see Billys performance as early as possible. Relationship, the brotherhood, between the two brothers forms strong sense of belonging between them respectively.
The sense of belonging to brothers shaped by their brotherhood is unbreakable as displayed in both texts. Moreover, people’s experience can also shape their sense of belonging. In er life experience. During one of the setbacks, Ms. Wilkinson and Billy are waiting on the bridge. When Ms. Wilkinson tells Billy the story Swan Lake, she is implying a metaphor for her own life. She was once a ballet dancer like the girl who was the princess; she was entrapped in the town like the princess who was turned into a swan; she used to have a strong sense of belonging to ballet but now it is dead, Just like the wrong ending she tells Billy “she’s dead… t’s Just a ghost story. ” Her sense of belonging is dead because of her life experience. Through a long shot at bottom ngle, the composer shows the magnificent steel bridge, which is like a huge cage exerting a massive depression to both characters. Audience can also experience the pressure, from Billys point of view. The bridge is the symbol of the town which entraps both of them. The next shot shows Billy is looking up the bridge like a bird who wants to break the cage, whereas Ms. Wilkinson Just smokes and doesn’t even bother looking at anything. This indicates that Billy wants to break the cage and see the outside world, whereas Ms.
Wilkinson has lost all motivation to chase her dream nd accepts what she has now. Her sense of belonging to ballet is re-shaped by her life experience in Everington where ballet dance is not valued. While in the play “Educating Rita”, Rita’s sense of belonging to education is shaped through a talk with her mum. During the setbacks of the story in Scene7 Actl, Rita goes to pub with her mother and husband. Her mother explains why she cried: “because we could sing better songs than those”. The “songs” are metaphor for life. The use of subjunctive mood clearly shows that Rita’s mother is regretting she didn’t get educated when she was young.
Rita also sees her mother as a mirror for her life, as she says:”that’s why I came back and that’s way I’m staying”. The use of repetition further stresses that she doesn’t want to be the image in the mirror of her mother. She wants to be educated; she wants to sing better songs. Her sense of belonging to education is not only shaped but also strengthened by it. Both characters’ sense of belonging have been shaped through their personal experience as demonstrated above In conclusion, relationship between people and their experience have such a great impact on people’s sense of belonging that they can shape people’s sense of belonging.