Still have no idea what a thesis statement is? Take inspiration from these sample thesis statements for belonging essays.
All of these thesis statements can be used as starting points for arguments about belonging!
- Our life experiences teach us that when we stop trying to belong we realise that we have always belonged
- We search for a place to belong, not realising that it is our perceptions and attitudes, not the place that allow us to belong
Notions of identity
- When our cultural identity is marginalised, we can feel dislocated and displaced, and believe that we do not belong to our culture or the dominant culture.
- Our search for who we are is fuelled by a need to find a place in the world where we belong
- A sense of belonging comes from a sense of identity
- The need to belong to a group or a community shapes our behaviour, attitudes and actions
- An individual has the potential to damage relationships and ensure that others do not belong
- When humanity experiences a strong connection to a place, the notion of belonging is strengthened and enriched
- When our relationship with a place is shaped by a narrow and biased view of the world, our notion of belonging can be questionable
- The basic human need to be accepted and belong can cloud our judgments and direct our actions
- When we begin to understand the forces that drive us to belong, we develop empathy for others and personal insight
McPherson, D and Sherlock, J et all, 2010, Oxford HSC English, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne.
- A sense of belonging can emerge from the connections made with people, places and the larger world. It is these connections that influence where we search for meaning in our lives and ultimately, where we belong
- We belong when we feel connected to others and the world
- Belonging comes from within rather than without
- An inner sense of connection leads to an external sense of belonging
- Feeling connected to the world is an inner experience
- The desire to belong is a driving force within us
- A sense of belonging begins instinsically and spreads out into the world
- We cannot belong until we understand ourselves-An inner sense of balance allows the individual to belong harmoniously in the world
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Tim Winton - Belonging Speech - Hsc Essay
927 WordsApr 13th, 20124 Pages
Good morning sir and fellow students. Significant events are pivotal in enriching ones understanding of their identity, which leads to an understanding of where they belong in the world. This is shown through our prescribed text “The Simple Gift” composed by Steven Herrick; as well as Tim Winton’s “The Turning”. | Steven Herrick’s free verse novel explores this value of events that shape a persons identity and hence their sense of belonging in their world. The cause of his alienation appears to be physical and psychological abuse from his father, lack of caring from his school and his run down neglected neighbourhood with its “deadbeat no hoper… downtrodden house in Longlands Rd, Nowheresville”. | The symbolism and scatological imagery…show more content…
Herrick induces us to feel empathy rather than antagonism to the protagonist. This is accomplished through the intimate use of language, changing perspectives and personal anecdotes. | Growth in maturity is shown as both Billy and Old Bill show signs of growth as they help each other. Billy's growth is demonstrated as he becomes a 'different' individual from the beginning of the narrative poem showing positive thinking “sure there's hope in the world...even for hobos like us". | Herrick also represents this change through his use of natural imagery and pathetic fallacy; exemplified in the poem “Hobos like us”, “Sit in the sunshine”. Old Bill’s view of the world slowly starts to change, as the protagonist reduces his consumption of alcohol and ventures to move on with his life. This is done through Herrick’s use of Motif throughout the novel of Old Bills alcoholic nature. | While Old Bill demonstrates the symbolism of 'A Simple Gift' when he gave his keys to his old home to Caitlin and Billy symbolizing his final pivotal moment enriching Billy’s, Caitlin’s and Old Bill’s understanding of their identity, which leads to their understanding of where they belong in the world. | Tim Winton’s “The Turning” also explores this value of events that shape a persons identity and hence their sense of belonging in their world. The short story “The Turning” tells the narrative of Raelene, which reveals the notion