Our idea of belonging and affinity is a result of the choices that we make. We feel a sense of acceptance wherever we choose to belong. It is part of the human condition, which exemplifies the need for security, safety and acceptance. Aspects of belonging such as alienation and isolation can be associated with the concept of belonging, as not belonging is a reciprocal process of belonging. Belonging allows for the substantiation of characters through the formation of identity and connections.
The sense of belonging humans naturally seek in life reflects the feeling of security and being accepted. They struggle with their identity as they make the choice whether to reject the individuality and belong to a community or group. When individuals seek to belong and rigidly follow society’s norms and practices, they must adhere to the strict rules of their society. In doing do, the desire to belong comes into conflict with the need to be an individual. These ideas are powerfully evident in Arthur Miller’s play “The Crucible”, “Catcher in the Rye” by J.D Salinger and the Gurinder Chadha film “Bend it like Beckham.” In each of these texts, most desire to belong but need to restore the balance between the need to belong and the expression of their individuality.
The events in the crucible, a play written by Miller in 1953 demonstrates the huge power that can be wielded by groups and can be used to decide who can belong to a group. It emphasises how a small, seemingly powerless