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“An individual’s interaction with others & the world around them can enrich or limit their experience of belonging”

Discuss this view with detailed reference to your prescribed text & at least ONE other related text of your own choosing.

An individual’s interaction can indeed enrich or limit one’s experience of belonging, as belonging is one of the essential needs of any human being. Belonging can be seen in the prescribed text of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, Peter Weir’s Dead Poets Society & Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, where the central characters are driven by their need to belong or not belong which is ultimately stimulated by the world & people around them.

The Crucible is based on the Salem community found in
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He gets the kids to literally stand on top of their desk & look at life from a different perspective & gets them out of the class room & into the playground. He discusses the issue of conformity by demonstration through the walk of 3 boys as they all begin at different strides then gradually all walk in unison while the rest of the class clapped in unison demonstrating the subconscious need of every human being to belong.

The restrictions of conformity can be seen in the use of constant cross-cutting of the interior wall & high ceiling of the school with the autumnal landscape. In one particular scene, the camera captures the flight of a flock of geese taking off into the vastness, where there are no restriction & constraints. This is contrasted by the static shots of the inside of the imitation-gothic style buildings, where the colours of the environment are vibrant & dynamic symbolising the freedom of the geese in nature compared to the confined boys within the restrictions of Welton.

Hawthorne’s The Scarlett Letter however shows a different kind of belonging & consequence, where it tells the story of a young woman named Hester Prynne who commits adultery, bearing a child then forced to wear the letter ‘A’ on her bosom for the rest of her life, set in the 17th century in Boston. The type of belonging here is a different sort where the protagonist of forced instead of by choice, does not belong to society and then finds herself at


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