Ancestors Peter Skrzynecki Analysis

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Belonging Essay Acceptance of oneself, one’s past and one’s future is essential in a search for belonging. We this is this true on many levels such as emotional acceptance, physical acceptance and cultural acceptance. This ideal is also seen throughout Peter Skrzynecki’s poems Migrant Hostel, Peter Skrzynecki and Ancestors. Migrant Hostel explores the emotions surrounding the migrant’s experiences of detainment at Parkes centre. The ‘Migrant Hostel’ demonstrates this through the use of the simile “nationalities sought/ each other out, instinctively/like homing pigeons.” This line highlighted how every migrant saw it essential to be accepted and how the identification of there past from war…show more content…
In the stanza 4 we see, how Feliks was branded because his lack of effort to learn the ways of Australia, this is seen in the example “Did your father ever attempt to learn English?” Although peter faced this problem, he still felt a firm sense of home and acceptance in his garden. This is seen in stanza 5, “my father, sits out the evening, with his dog, smoking, watching stars and street lights come on, Happy as I have never been. This again highlighted that acceptance is vital in the search for belonging and…show more content…
The poem Ancestors is riddled with rhetorical questions, highlighting the entirety of the persona’s disconnection from his past. This is further compounded by the words “who are these shadows….what secrets…where do they point to…why do they never speak....why do you wake” This poem showed how his disconnection from his heritage and custom had lead to repudiation because of his unfamiliarity with where he was from. In the poem we also that the “bearded men” in his dream had accepted each other and this shows how they all had a sense of belonging, shown by the body language “standing shoulder to shoulder”. This further compounds the notion that acceptance of ones past and oneself is necessary in the search for
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