“An individual’s interaction with others and the world around them can enrich or limit their experience of belonging.” Personal relationships can provide a deep sense of belonging and profoundly influence our values, attitudes and beliefs. Peter Skrzynecki’s poems “Feliks Skrzynecki” and “10 Mary Street” reflect upon what it means to belong and its ability to enrich or inhibit the individual’s sense of belonging. Similarly Shaun Tan’s 2006 graphic novel “The Arrival” delves into the migrant experience and the explores the process of belonging. Together these texts reveal how an individual’s relationships with the people and the world around them can limit or enrich their sense of belonging. The poem “Feliks Skrzynecki” explores the concept
Belonging can be described as the physical, social or emotional connection to other people or things. Security, happiness and comfort are common positive emotions that relate to the idea of a person belonging. Several views of the concept of belonging and not belonging are conveyed when analysing different texts.The poems ‘St. Patrick’s College’ and Feliks Skrzynecki by Peter Skrzynecki and the film Freedom Writers, directed by Richard LaGravenese denote these themes and ideas. Both Skrzynecki and LaGravenese incorporate language and film techniques in their texts to demonstrate different types of belonging and the different emotions that are felt when a person chooses to belong or not to belong.
To what extent have your perceptions of belonging been influenced by the texts you have studied? Refer to your prescribed text and at least one other text of your own choosing. Belonging or feeling as though you are an important part of a whole, is an essential part of an individuals’ understanding of life. If an individual does not feel as though they belong either to a group, place or community it can lead them to feel unsatisfied with their lives. This perception of belonging has been influenced by both Peter Skrzynecki’s ‘Immigrant Chronicle’ and Shaun Tan’s graphic novel ‘The Arrival.’ Cultural identity often plays a large role in our sense of self and allowing us to feel as though we belong.
RUN LOLA RUN - DISTINCTIVELY VISUAL ESSAY Through the techniques available to them in texts, composers are able to portray certain realities about people and their meaningful experiences they go through in their lives. In “Run Lola Run” a film by German director Tom Tykwer, he presents through his unique and distinctive text the importance of love and relationships. It is the choices we make on a daily basis, some major, some minor and how they add significant meaning to our lives and the outcomes of these particular choices can inadvertently determine an individual’s fate. The composer also reveals just how far and individual is willing to push themselves to protect or ultimately save the life of the ones they love. Through close up camera shots and the duologue between Manni and Lola speaking on the phone the composer skilfully portrays the desperation of Lola as she makes the choice to help Manni raise 100 00 marks in 20 minutes to effectively save his life.
Go Back To Where You Came From & the Door Discovery Essay - Cameron Wright Discoveries may often be challenging and confronting, but will often lead us to reassess our attitudes and values. The main aim of “Go Back to Where You Came From” By Ivan O’Mahoney is to build empathy towards refugees using interviews, voice over, camera techniques, Dual Narrative and deliberately selected participants who will be confronted by their experiences and be “Put through the wringer”. While the poem “The Door” By Miroslav Holub is all about change and being confronted and challenged by this change and inviting us to go and see this change as a positive. Using poetic techniques, dual metaphor, repetition, tone, imagery and symbolism. Both use these
The Simple Gift- Steven Herrick Steven Herrick has portrayed rich descriptions of belonging in his verse novel ‘The simple gift’. The verse novel allows the story to be told through first person by three main characters perspectives Billy, Old Bill and Caitlin. This makes an effect on the responders to get direct connection with the characters thoughts and build appreciation to each of the characters personalities, concepts and decisions. The economy of words used by Herrick makes the text basic and understandable in very few words, also the structure of the novel impacts the readers’ interpretation of belonging by supplying a summary and an insight of what the chapter will include using pictures and extracts on each chapter title. The
Belonging Creative Writing Belonging is the inevitable outcome of an individual’s journey in exploring the surroundings and the many factors that may outline the definitive location at which that individual finds solace and comfort. However, it is crucial to observe, thatin the process of achieving a sense of belonging, one comes across many laborious obstacles that can potentially hinder that process andcompel a sense of alienationand detachment. This is reflected through an analysis of Peter Skrzynecki’s anthology “Immigrant Chronicle” which essentiallydeals with the migrant experiences of the poet and his family.It encompassesthe many aspects and themes of belonging throughout. The core issues related to belonging are also raised in the related text ‘Looking for Alibrandi’, by Melina Marchetta, in a
The Poems ‘Feliks Skrzynecki’, ‘Postcard’ and ‘Migrant Hostel’ by Peter Skrzynecki in addition to have all vastly broadened by understanding of belonging. All these texts use poetic techniques and visual techniques to illustrate that a sense of belonging can only emerge from the connections made with people places and groups. It is also clear that for a person to belong they must be connected to their cultural heritage and feel an acceptance in it, however the poems also indicate that at time attitudes to belonging are modified over time with either the persona feeling a sense of acceptance or alienation, hence it is clear that all texts need to belong to a group or a community which shapes our behavior, attitudes and actions. The poem ‘ Feliks Skrzynecki’ by Peter Skrzynecki shows a sense of belonging that can emerge from the connections made with people, places, groups, communities and the larger world. The persona talks about his father’s connections made with people as he describes
One of the greatest questions that has been posed about human beings is whether we are the way we are because of the traits with which we were born or the social and environmental factors to which we are exposed through our life experiences. This is a recurring theme in literature about identity and the most common answer suggested in texts such as the poetry of Bruce Dawe, the film Rabbit Proof Fence, directed by Phillip Noyce and the article Veils and Vegemite by Randa Abdel-Fattah is that the two inevitably work together to forge our identities. The way, in which our natural personalities are tempered by elements such as family, the culture from which we originate as well as factors such as the materialistic society in which we live will be explored as they are discussed in the three above named texts. Dawes agreement with the fact that a person’s natural personality is quickly affected often negatively, by the social conditioning that is provided by society, is clearly demonstrate in his poem Enter... The title of the poem immediately launches these ideas by suggesting that the child enters the world in an unconventional manner, without acknowledging the
An individual’s changing perception of belonging is able to be enriched and limited by their interactions with others and the world around them. The possibility of belonging both acts as a flourishing connection and a restrictive bond. This paradoxical nature of belonging is highly evident in Raimond Gaita’s memoir Romulus My Father and Stephen Daldry’s film The Hours. Both texts explore the protagonist’s network of relationships and examines how place is an intrinsic component for the foundations of an individual’s sense of belonging. Ultimately, Gaita and Daldry encourages the responder to reflect on the complexity and somewhat paradoxical nature of belonging within literary texts.