Ayesha 12EA2 – Ms. Crothers Prescribed Text: Migrant Hostel (poem, Peter Skryznecki) Supplementary Text: The Departed (film, Martin Scorsese) ‘More than anything else, belonging is about finding a sense of place in the world.’ Do you agree? Argue your point of view, referring to at least one of Peter Skyrzynecki’s poems studied in class and one related text of your own choosing. Good morning/afternoon teachers and fellow students. As I consider the concept of belonging I understand that we all feel the need to belong. The need to ‘fit in’, to feel wanted, accepted, secure.
When Landon meets Jamie his whole life changes and he then makes other people happy and puts her first instead of worrying about his friends and popularity. This shows he has become mature. Relationship is a theme in the text Raw, it is shown as the character Brett Dalton has a romantic relationship with Caitlyn and a friendship with Sam, Josh and Frog. The author shows that it is okay to let others into your life. Brett’s dark confused thoughts become clear.
hjmmigrant Chronicle is a collection of poems by Peter Skrzynecki, remembering the experiences of his family as they immigrated from post-war Poland to Australia. The family, Peter Skrzynecki and his two parents, were in transit for over two years from 1949–51 (either physically travelling, or in a migrant hostel) before they were allowed to begin their new life in Australia. The book also expounds the ongoing hardships that Skrzynecki and his parents still suffer because of their journey to Australia. Immigrant Chronicle was one of the five prescribed "Physical Journeys" texts in the compulsory New South Wales HSC English syllabus, and is now a prescribed poetry text for "Area of Study: Belonging" for 2009–14. This core text is the main
Faulkner talk about a writer not writing from his heart, and how “His griefs grieve on no universal bones, leaving no scars.” I believe that by bringing us into is world, Richard makes his pains our pains, thus doing as Faulkner says a writer should do, “grieving on universal bones”. Next, in his second paragraph, Richard reverses the feelings of the reader, shedding new light on the topic of his parents, making them out to almost seem like bad people for not being educated. What’s really special about this essay is that we know the parents have done nothing wrong, and don’t deserve the poor treatment they receive from their son, we can understand it
How is the concept of belonging represented by Peter in his poem Feliks Skrzynecki? Belonging is the feeling that is felt by someone who has a spiritual connection to a group or place. In his poem “Feliks Skrzynecki” Peter illustrates his changing attitude to belonging due to his deep admiration for his father. Differences in culture can serve as a barrier to belonging. Peter’s lack of belonging is felt throughout this poem as he cannot truly appreciate his father’s Polish heritage against the mainstream Australian culture that Peter has grown up in.
Individually we all aspire to belong and feel a sense of acceptance. Many aspects of life contribute to establishing an overall sense of belonging. Through the study of the novel “Romulus My Father” by Raimod Gaita and the children’s book “Ziba came on a boat” by Liz Lofthouse we are able to endure each protagonist’s journey of belonging. Their connections to cultural heritage and common landscapes and surroundings convey both sides of the outcome. Wether that be enriching or limiting, each gain new perspectives throughout the inhabitable manner of the desiring to belong.
Through relationships, individuals choose to create a sense of belonging. Romulus My Father is a memoir written in the 1950s from the adult perspective of Raimond Gaita. Growing up in Australia where migrants were barely “tolerated”, Raimond and his father were connected by a powerful bond linked through the lack of a mother figure and what Raimond reflects as “his desire – his need- for me to grow up decently” the emphasise of need shows how strong the bond is. As a tribute to his father’s life, Gaita acknowledges his father’s passion for his work. Romulus chooses to belong through
Pryor is forced into “one of those smart professions” by his parents who undervalue the rural life to which Pryor is in fact suited. Ironically, whilst his parents slave “to free him from the stony fields” they are in fact contributing to his future isolation and sense of alienation. The visual imagery of the “stony fields” and the “meagre acreage” emphasize the hardship endured by Pryor’s parents and echoes the barren infertility of the Australian landscape that Romulus feels so alienated from. By contrast however Warren does not flourish without it. The “slender scroll” is supposed to be his metaphorical “passport from the years of brutal toil”.
Perceptions of either belonging or not belonging can emerge from the connections made with people, the landscape, events and social context. This is found in the memoir Romulus, My Father and the 2007 film I am Legend. Romulus my father is a memoir celebrating the life of Romulus Gaita, a European migrant that moved to Australia with his family and the struggle their family has with mental illness and their new environment. I am Legend is a fictional story about the years after a plague transforms humanity into monsters, such as the on here on my poster; the sole survivor, Robert Neville, in New York City struggles to find a cure. Both texts explore how connections to the landscape, alienation and self-sacrifice impact on the lives of human beings.
Sarah Yoest Pederson in her paper “A Family Of A Different Feather” reiterated the importance of respecting and recognizing the various family settings in the society. Now, I have learned that irrespective of gender, relationships can be established and sustained through effective communication, being open minded and by accepting the choices of others. First, through effective communication, people can learn a lot about each other’s family composition and what they desire in their relationships realized the importance of communications at my work place. I work for two women who are romantically attached to each other. Initially, I hated seeing both of them and made up my mind not to have any interactions with them apart from our job.