5 texts: belonging. Artwork: Watching on Artist: Judith Redden The artist has used a range of different techniques to symbolism isolation and non- acceptance. This text reinforces that fundamental human need. The repetition of various faces that are scattered around the painting are similar In shape and color conveying belonging and normality which leads the viewer to question the placing of the dark character at the bottom of the painting. This highlights to us the separation of an Individual from society. Upon examining Judith Reread’s use of color symbolism in depicting the use of primary colors, imply positivist opposed to the Harold black, successive of unhappiness, loneliness and despair, the audience Is thus led to conclude that the character Is an outcast and is left out of the crowd’. This in turn shows the salience of the painting, bringing the viewers eye to the bottom of the artwork displaying the dark figure. The colorful characters facial expressions propose an optimistic future whilst the cloaked figure seems destined for failure symbolizing disappointment, struggle and the subsequent letdown to FLT Into society.
Furthermore Redden has hinted at the power dynamics of the hooded figures allegations opposed to the colored, for example, the vibrant figures heads are larger in shape contrasting to the smaller head of the cloaked stature presenting to the audience weakness and helplessness. It seems as though the artist has positioned the black figure in the foreground to create an almost D effect, making the character stand out from the colorful crowd deliberately because they’re different and unusual to everyone else. As well as positioning the character so that they are viewed from the audience below eye level creating a realistic effect of power.
Judith Redden has implemented belonging as well as not belonging in her artwork by colors, contrast, symbolism and including the view society and groups have on people who don’t fit In. Title: The Little Refugee Author: Ann. Do At the beginning of the Little Refugee one cannot ignore the overwhelming sense of belonging our protagonist displays with the connection of the community he was initially a part of in Vietnam. Ann. is surrounded by children who are of the same ethnic background, eat the same food and wear the same clothes every day, he Is automatically accepted into the community as well as belonging to a group.
Connection to the community is essential to an individual’s identity and place in the world. On page 3 Ann. states I was happy because there were always lots of people to happiness and comfort giving the reader an idea of belonging. Even though there is a sense of cheerfulness and Joy seen in the characters facial expressions, the colors are dull, neutral and black. These colors evoke strong emotions of sadness, fear and mourning suggestive of the deaths occurring from war and powerfully depicts an uneasy feeling of the conflict taking place soon affects Ann.’s sense of belonging to the reader.
Everything in Australia is completely opposite. “l had different food to the other kids and some of them laughed at me, I even looked different because I didn’t have the right school uniform”. The lunch box symbolizing his countries dish complementary to the difference in Australian society. Contrast is used again between the three children and Ann.. These three characters are dressed in identical uniform whilst Ann. is clothed wearing an oversized t-shirt, odd socks and a green side bag demonstrating to the reader a sense of alienation and division.
Body language is being presented showing the distance between the three children and Ann. is pictured s distant and remote in addition to their backs being turned to him. This further demonstrates to the reader the isolation and lack of acceptance Ann. experience. “l started to learn English properly; I began to make new friends. ” Subsequent to this Ann. is positioned in a range of colorful light textures suggesting comfort, normality and peacefulness as well as his facial expressions showing emotions of happiness and blissfulness.
Towards the end of the book, page 26, we witness an entirely different Ann.. We perceive him now in full school uniform alongside two classmates. The body language has altered dramatically, the positioning of his arms and posture is unperturbed and relaxed similar to the other boys. “The kid who used to have no friends and smelly lunch had become class captain! ” the emotion conveyed from this is expressed through a close up shot; the use of the close up shot captures the protagonists emotion.
His wide eyes large grin and rosy cheeks propose excitement, happiness and contentment. With this, the reader understands a sense of belonging and non acceptance that it expressed throughout The Little Refugee. Title of painting: The Awakening Conscience. Artist: William Holman Hunt. A sense of belonging is being enriched and eluded throughout this painting in a number of ways. Firstly examining the body language between the two characters, we see a woman seated on top of her lover. Connections to places can affirm our place in the world.
However she is viewed to be gazing out the window into the sunlight, hinting to the viewer that she would rather be outside in the sun than belong with her lover. We also view the male figure to be staring at his lover rather than the outside world, this signifying that he does not want anything to do with the realm she ones to be in, he is more focused on staying hidden inside with her. Another sense of not wanting to belong is shown by the positioning of the woman, her arms are crossed tightly resting on her lap showing restriction as well as her legs being crossed whilst the males arms are free and relaxed.
Her body language is conforming to what society expects of woman in relation to their repressed sexual desires. Man and woman. The woman is dressed in white, representing purity and virtuousness whilst we see the male character wearing black which often represents wickedness and sin, the extent to which they belong together becomes apparent to he audience. The outside world is being presented through a mirror, symbolizing self reflection and identity, this leading the viewer to believe that she belongs in the outside world rather than inside with her ‘lover’.
The use of power is being conveyed throughout this painting; a cat is presented with his paw on a small defenseless bird, this symbolizing the nature of the male figure. It is viewed that the man is portrayed as a threat to the identity of the innocent woman. This creates an ominous atmosphere and conveys to the audience that individuals can be restricted by the legislations in our lives that can impact on their sense of self. This shows that she does not belong in a world of sin with this man. Hunt has used the contrasting of colors to symbolize dark and light.
Within the room he uses dark colors creating a sense of mystery and secrecy. Whilst looking out the window we get a sense of freedom and happiness. William Holman Hunt displays a range of strong techniques embedded into the awakening conscience Title: Bend It Like Beckman Director: Guardian Chad Bend it like Beckman is a perfect example of how the only way to belong is to rebel against what is thought to be morally correct by others, Cultural Identity can be defined as our sense of belonging to a particular cultural.
The protagonist has a strict Indian family and is restricted in being able to belong with the majority of society. While watching Bend It Like Beckman one cannot ignore the use of contrast of Indian music and modern day pop culture music which are used as a contrast between her Indian culture and the choice of belonging with the society within her community. An example of this is where the main character is shopping in a mall with her British est. friend then through the use of a reverse shot she is making dinner with her mum which is an attempt to convey that one can belong in more than one environment.
Another camera angle used is a close upon shot switching from her cooking Indian food with her family to playing soccer. This is used to reflect her cultural barriers as well as presenting to the audience her problem being an alienated individual. These techniques convey her sense of not belonging and not being loyal to her Indian heritage and willingness to lie to her family and belong with people outside of her culture. At one stage in the movie the protagonist felt as though they did not belong due to their skin color and race, leading her to give up her love for soccer and abide by her parent’s wishes of her getting married.
Her culture sees woman for being the person that provides for the family “Indian girls belong in the kitchen cooking Punjabi. ” Stereotypes are ideas that are held about persons belonging to a certain group. Chad uses Jules’ mother to show how many people view the Indian culture. “l expect your parents are fixing you up with a handsome young doctor soon. ” This conveys the stereotype that all Indian marriages re arranged and that they set their daughters up with men who have high profiled cultural barriers and become her own person, apart from her cultural identity.
Movie: Mean girls Director: Mark Waters A sense of belonging in Mean Girls comes through connection to groups and communities as well as enriching identity and relationships which can lead to acceptance and understanding or can lead to disappointment and isolation. The protagonists desire to belong to the popular group puts her initial, less desirable friendships at risk. Waters attempts to display the need that many people (especially managers) have, a desire and temptation of belonging and how it isn’t a positive aspect of ones self to achieve.
The groupings or “clicks” the director has created serves to highlight the contrast between different values amongst the teens and thus how they wish to be identified and where they are most comfortable belonging. E. G. Goths, Socks, popular girls, nerds etc. In the second scene the audience is first introduced to the three girls (the plastics) in long distance and close ups as well as the dialogue used to describe them to the audience as the stereotypical popular girls ND this is purposely done to show their social ranking within the school.
These techniques are effective because the audience is able to relate with the characters and their motives. The clothing that the characters wear is another technique that places the audience’s outlook on their social ranking and sense of belonging. There is contrast shown between the different groups conveyed in the film. E. G. Length of skirts, brand names and facial appearances. In one particular scene it shows the popular girls having a conversation, whilst this is taking place, fuzzy bodies (other school kids) are walking past them.
This technique is used to show how the girls see themselves as a hierarchy; the movement of these collective groups do not bother them as they do not present a socially acceptable attitude according to the plastics. The girls Juxtapose their background, they are in bright pinks and reds whilst the protagonist’s initial friends contrast this by wearing dark, ‘uncoil’ clothing, this presents a sense of non importance coupled with feelings of not belonging. Mark Waters shows that barriers in society and groups can prevent an individual from belonging as well as attitudes towards the idea of belonging can change over a period of time.