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Literary Examples of Making Connections

            It is human nature for people to feel like they don't fit in. I have chosen the theme "Everybody feels like they do not belong in society or cultures at times". The theme i have chosen is evident the text "The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian", written by Sherman Alexie, the short story "The Whale", by Witi Ihimaera. The theme is also explored though the movies "Boy" by Taika Waititi and "The Hurricane", directed by Norman Jewison. The book "The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian" written by Sherman Alexie, puts the reader in the life of Arnold Spirit. Arnold is a Native American living in poverty without hope; one day Arnold decides to leave when someone encourages him to find hope. Arnold leaves his Tribe behind and joins a White school despite being called a Traitor. When he arrives at the White school he discovers that he is the only Native American in this white society. This shows that Arnold feels alienated or like he doesn't belong. This is shown when Arnold says,"They stared at me, the Indian boy with the black eye and swollen nose. Those white kids couldn't believe their eyes. They stared at me like I was Bigfoot or a UFO. What was I doing at Reardan, whose mascot was an Indian, thereby making me the only other Indian in town?". This helps the reader understand that Arnold feels like he doesn't belong in this society. Sherman Alexie wants us to understand that it is important that we find a society or culture where we are excepted for who we are so we do not feel desolate in the world. Eventually Arnold feels like he belongs in the new society when he befriends people who look upon him for who he is, not for his culture or social status.
             The film by Norman Jewison "The Hurricane", shows the idea that people can people feel like they don't belong at times though the main protagonist of the story, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter.

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