Belonging – the Film Australia Essay

In the movie Australia directed by Baz Luhrmann is dealing with the same sort of idea that an outsider Sarah Ashley (Nicole Kidman), is trying to fit in to a country that is completely new to her. The way she belongs to the new country is by understanding the aboriginal’s thought and accept the way they live and try to fit in. With the introduction of the rough cow’s drover (Hugh Jackman) as an assistance of Sarah Ashley, the drover helps her to save her remote cow station.

In this case, Sarah not only fit in to the aboriginal society because of her acceptance and understanding, but also affect by the drover, she as an English noble is not really standing on their side, one of the reason is the drover doesn’t want to join the English noble group but there is another important reason base on identity that is when a person belongs to a group they will understanding their thought and support them, which is in this case, the aboriginal kid is being accepted by her as her children in the white man society.

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Here we can see the connection between the experiences of Peter Skrzynecki in “Migrant Hostel” and in Australian, both of them experience a lack of belonging to a place because of the lack of understanding to the place. However, in Australia, Sarah Ashley has successfully understand and accept the Aboriginal culture then finally she is truly belong to the continent which is different to all the white people who live in the continent, they just physically belong to that place but not spiritually belong to this place.

The sense of belonging is shown in the final scene of the movie, that Sarah Ashley release and let the Aboriginal kid goes back to his grandpa his root this is a acceptance to a culture, which is a way to belong to a new culture.

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