Quite often students come to us without good related texts for the HSC Area of Study 'Belonging', and with no clue as to how to find and analyse a suitable text on short notice. The TransAmerica film poster is an extremely valuable related text for Belonging. There are a few different versions of the film poster, so make sure you follow this link to the relevant poster.
The TransAmerica film poster explores the idea that individuals often experience a conflict between the desire to belong to a group – which requires conformity – and the desire to maintain a sense of self-belonging. The poster depicts a person standing with their back towards the camera, facing two bathroom doors, one male and one female. The pose suggests inner conflict and indecisiveness, which is further reinforced by the lack of movement suggested in the image. This is explained by the title TransAmerica, which reveals that this figure is a transgendered person facing the conflict between their own desires and their society's expectations. This text highlights the state of confusion and lack of belonging that individuals often experience when they don’t conform to society’s expectations of gender and behaviour. It also reveals the conflict between the need to conform to society’s rules and expectations and the desire to stay true to ones own sense of self...
These days I find that my mind gravitates to HSC texts in my down time. Sad, I know. Recently, I've been thinking about the significance of the ghost in Hamlet, and I've come to a few conclusions that I thought I'd share here. Basically, I've come to the conclusion that the ghost may well be the original cause of the 'rottenness' of Denmark. This is only a brief post - if you were to use this argument, I would recommend you find all the relevant quotes to support your argument. If you'd like a more in-depth study guide on this, or an essay scaffold, please keep an eye on our online store or register your interest.
In the play, it becomes clear that Claudius' corruption is destroying the kingdom. This is shown through the motif of disease and the use of language associated with disease and corruption throughout the play. It is also evident in the description of Claudius as a drunkard. The audience is then led to the conclusion that in order for order and balance to be restored to the kingdom, the source of corruption - Claudius - must be removed. This justifies Hamlet's quest for vengeance and supports the idea that his vengeance has divine sanction (which is originally suggested by his interaction with the ghost - more on that later)...
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