Emily Dickinson Poetry
???An individuals interaction with others and the world around them can enrich of limit their experience of belonging???
Indeed an individuals interaction with others and the world around can enrich or limit ones experience of belonging. Emily Dickinson is a prime example of this as her interaction with the natural world enriched her sense of connection, her interconnection with others ultimately limited her ability to belong and resultant of this she removes herself from society in striving to attain an alternative sense of belonging in nature. Likewise, Corrine Hoffman in ???The White Masai??? detaches herself from western civilisation in moving to Africa to be with her husband enabling her to enrich her experience of connectedness. In the film ???The Final Days??? the protagonist Sophie, through the interaction with the others around her, comes to the awareness that it limits her experience of belonging as she has a greater understanding of her societys observable truths. Overall, these texts exemplify the idea that ones interaction with others and the world around them can simultaneously enrich and or limit their experience of belonging.
Interaction with a society that contradicts ones morals and values can evidently limit ones experience of belonging. Sophie, within ???The Final Days??? is interpreted as a threat to the Nazi legacy during world war two which places her as an outside within her country amongst her own people. Sophies, like that of Dickinsons ability to question the observable truths within her society places her in direct opposition to her peoples government. Sophie??™s interaction with her society in expressing her individual ideas about the injustice circulating throughout the country has ironically limited her connection with others around her being found most evident where she is presented with the ultimatum to deny her beliefs or die for them. The high angle shot of Sophie situated in the middle of a jail cell for rejecting the opportunity to deny her beliefs highlights her confinement of which she has been placed in consequent of her interaction with her society through means of expressing her opinion. Like wise, Dickinsons capability to facilitate her self removal from society resultant of their apparent rejection of her controversial character is reflected in that of Sophie in ???The Final Days and Dickinsons own poetic work. This idea is imitated within ???This is my letter to the world??? where Dickinson incorporates metonomy to connect or correspond with society through the communication device of letters. Dickinson utilises this letter as a conduit to interact with her society but claims that despite her efforts to interact, society refused to return the favour; ???That never wrote to me.??? Ultimately, Dickinson and Sophies negative experience of interaction with the world has initiated their removal eventuating to their ability to recognise their views that places them in a century before their time. Ultimately, both Sophie and Dickinsons attempted interaction with their society has restricted their experience of belonging, however their experience of belonging is alternatively facilitated through the idea of death.
Despite Sophie and Dickinsons failure to attain a sense of stability and harmony within their society, they find a sense of belonging in death which is exemplified through Dickinsons poetry as she utilises it as a conduit to express her idea that even after her death she will transcend time. This gives her the comfort in knowing that she will belong after her death as she describes in ???The saddest noise the sweetest noise???; ???By separations sorcery made cruelly more dear.??? This allusion to death promotes the idea that despite her inability to be apart of her 19th century society, after death she will be appreciated posthumously and belong to a world that matches her moral intellect. This is found evident within the context of Emily Dickinson, despite her exclusion she was remembered after her death through the power of the written word. Belonging in death is further manifested within their ideas of Sophie in ???The Final Days??? where the appliance of an establishing shot seats her beneath her cell window staring upwards into a divine light which alludes to the idea of heaven foreshadowing her death. Sophies negative interaction and experience with society has lead her to finding her alternative peace in death. Ultimately, both Dickinsons and Sophies interaction with the world has ironically isolated them, however they both attain the capacity to critique their society achieving a hindsight which enables them to be enriched in death and a world beyond their societys century.
Both Dickinson and Corrine Hoffman in the ???White Masai??? seek to attain a sense of enrichment through their interaction with nature resultant of their restricted and mundane interpretation of societal conventions imposed by their western civilisations. Dickinsons synergy with her society has instigated her removal in establishing her as a recluse. Dickinson does this as she observes that nature can surpass the finite human existence. Dickinsons strong affiliation with nature is embodied within ???This is my letter to the world??? where the oxymoron tender majesty is utilised to describe natures superior level over society according to Dickinson. Consequent of Dickinsons interaction with society, Dickinson seeks an alternative comfort within nature similarly in the case of Corrine who views the South African rural landscape as a vehicle of enriching her sense of belonging, a place highly discrepant from her home in Switzerland. The accumulation of; ???…the warm days and the cold nights…the people so content with their basic but fulfilling lives…they were happy to just be at one with their land??? reflects her admiration of this culture which she soon attains refuge in; ???Tears came to my eyes at this feeling of belonging…through this place I have found home??? Essentially, Corrine like Dickinsons interaction with nature has enriched their experience of belonging. This restrictions imposed on them by their original societies has enabled them to seek and attain a sufficient connection with nature that compensated for their lack of kinship with the western world.
Both Dickinson and Hoffman explore experiences of belonging to an individual. This idea is deeply analysed through Dickinsons poem ???I gave myself to him??? where she presents an argument for the positive and negative experiences one can have in the contract of marriage. Dickinson through her poetry portrays and antithesis in suggesting that although one is supposed to be enriched by a special connection with an individual, women are inferior in the marital relationship which is immediately identified at the beginning of stanza one; ???I gave myself to him???, supplying an imbalance of power. These negative connotations are manifested within the conseit throughout the poem that compares marriage to a contract. Dickinson argues that the experience of marriage is a restrictive institution because within her context it was an economical alliance and ignored the emotions of the individual. This is reflected when she states; ???The solemn contract of a life was ratified this way. Corrine in the The White Masai??? essentially moves to Africa, sacrificing her life in Switzerland to be with the her massai warrior. Despite Corrines initial enthusiasm for the marriage, the limitations she endures as a result affirms Dickinsons ideals of the restrictions one receives through this type of interaction with an individual. The traditional marital expectations of Corrine imposed by her husband and his culture proves to be a strain on Corrines morals and values . Corrine and her husbands juxtaposing views on female circumcision is apparent when Corrine attempts to prevent it from happening and her husband responds; ???This is our culture Corrine, you can not stop it…now that you are one of us you must accept it.??? The oxymoron; ???Sweet debt of life??? perfectly depicts the price that Corrine is now being forced to pay resultant of her marriage to her masai husband. These restrictions imposed on Corrines morals instigates her sense of not belonging within the culture of her husband. Ultimately, Corrines marital experience has made her an outsider within her husbands culture.
As seen evident within the poetry and context of Emily Dickinson, the film ???The Final Days??? and Corrine Hoffmans novel ???The White Masai???, the interaction shared between one and or their society and an individual can enrich or restrict ones experience of belonging. Emily Dickinson like that of Sophie and Corrine constantly sought to gain enrichment through their interaction??™s with the world and their society, succumbing to the realisation that attempting to conform to them, only limited them, forcing them to find an alternative sense of belonging elsewhere.