Relationships are central to belonging. An Individual must first develop a relationship with those that are around them In order to find acceptance. Conversely even if an individual develop a bond with one this does not mean that they are accepted by all. Strictly Ballroom by Bag Alarming explores these ideas through the characters of Scott and Fran who discovered a sense of belonging through their relationship however their bond challenges the relationships of those that are around them. Enter without so much as knocking portrays this through the lifestyle of the child to an adult.
As the child the persona Is easily accepted Into society through the relationship of his family but this doesn’t happen when he developed into an adult. Strictly Ballroom portrays a sense of belonging through the relationship Scott and Fran and the people that are around them. In the announcement of Fran the close up of her face represent her conservative appearance and unadorned clothing which Juxtaposed with the satirized appearances of the others In the ballroom world. This suggests that she is an outsider and does not feel accepted into this world.
In order to find acceptance into the ballroom world Fran must develop a relationship with hose that around her this was shown in the scene with her dancing with Scott on the roof top the music in the background illustrate the theme of romance which portrays a romantic and relaxed atmosphere portraying their blossoming relationship towards each other. In the background of Scott and Fran dancing there Is a large Coca Cola sign In a bright red color this symbolizes love highlighting how Fran and Scott are developing a romantic bond with each other.
The scenes which illustrate Fran and Scott being alone together are shown enthusiastically which Juxtaposed to other scenes in the ballroom world which are all unrealistic this portrays that their relationship are of true identity and not altered truth. A close up shot of Scott telling Fran You’re ready… I want you and me to try out for Less tomorrow night’ emphasizes their Joyful expression and Illustrate that they are starting to feel compassionate towards each other. The relationship between Scott and Fran demonstrate that Fran found her acceptance into the ballroom world through developing a relationship with Scott.
Enter without so much as knocking is another text that relates to notion of developing strong bond with those that are around they order to belong. This Is portrayed through the persona as being a young child who could not fit In with the unrealistic and strict world of consumerism. In the opening stanza the persona is illustrated as a baby who is wakening to begin his life Journey in the quiet atmosphere of the hospital. The sentence is deliberately shortened and simplify as this highlight the innocence and lack of complication in the child’s life in society.
Upon the arrival to his home the first voice the child hears is the voice of materialism from a TV game show Bobby Dazzler on Channel 7 / Hello, hello, hello all you lucky people… ‘ the sarcastic this world is true luck. The second half of the first stanza provides a description of the family. The family is described as being ‘set-up’ which reflects a veneer or constructed identity that is predetermined The language of advertising is used to create the family portrait compound words like Well-equipped’ and ‘economy-size’ are indicative of this domain.
The keys to find who you are in the world of this poem lies in conforming ‘like every other’ and possessing the ‘correct’ brand ‘One Anthony Squires-Cool stream- summer weight Dad’. The two children have no names and show no individuality coming ‘Straight off the Junior Department rack. The metaphor of clothing underlines the dominance of consumerism and the children’s lack of individuality to the society. This illustrate that the child and his family have to conform with the consumerism of society in order to belong.
In Strictly Ballroom it also portrays that even if Fran had developed a relationship with Scott she is still not being accepted by those that are in the ballroom world. In the scene where Scott and Fran are dancing behind a curtain before they go out to once on stage a mid-shot is used to illustrate the expressions of outrage and disgust on the audience faces when seeing that Scott is dancing with Fran. This portrays the notion that even though Fran has bullied a relationship with Scott she is still not accepted by the individuals in the ballroom world.
Fran transforms from an ugly duckling shown in the announcement to a beautiful swan by wearing makeup and bright clothing but was still not accepted by those in the ballroom world even though she had developed a strong relationship with Scott as she is from a beginner class and the dancers are all higher ranked. In the scene where Fran had fallen over while dancing with Scott behind the curtain a high angle shot is used of Liz, Shirley and the other dancers compared to the low angle shot of Fran highlights that Fran is still being bullied and is powerless towards the individuals of the ballroom world.
This illustrates that even though Fran had altered her appearance to be accepted into the ballroom world she is still not being accepted by others in the world except from her partner Scott. The relationship of Scott with Fran has negatively impacted his ranking with others in the ballroom world. Even if Fran had transformed her appearance and have a strong sense of belonging with the bond of Scott she is still ostracizes and not accepted by others of the ballroom world.
Even though we can belong easily to society as a child we are not easily accepted by those who are around us as an adult. Enter without so much as knocking portrays this through the life cycle of the child changing to an adult. In the fourth stanza of the poem the audience is reintroduced into the frenetic world that an individual can’t seemingly escape. Here it shows that the pace is fastening through the lack of incaution, a very lengthy phrase and the reappearance of hyphenated compound words: ‘money-hungry back-stabbing miserable / so-and-so’.
This stanza is over dominated by the colloquial expressions ‘it’s Number One every time / for this chicken, hit wherever you see a head and / kick whooper’s down’. The child is now an adult. The stars are forever gone and he has been shaped into a harsh and selfish adult. The lifestyle of the child to an adult highlights the reality that having a different values and ideas. Strictly Ballroom and Enter without so much as knocking portray the notions of that n individual should first develop a strong bond with those that are around them in order to find acceptance.
However having a relationship with one does not mean that the individual is accepted by all. Strictly Ballroom by Bag Alarming explores these ideas through the characters of Scott and Fran who discovered a sense of belonging through their relationship. Enter without so much as knocking portrays this through the lifestyle of the child to an adult. As the child the persona is easily accepted into society through the relationship of his family but this doesn’t happen when he developed into an adult.