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Belonging Essay - Peter Skrzynecki and Edward Scissorhands

  • Submitted by: ineedham
  • on July 10, 2014
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,253 words

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How do the texts you have studied represent the risks and rewards of belonging? Answer with reference to your prescribed text and ONE other text of your choosing.

Belonging is a way of acceptance, having security, fulfilment or a connection in association to people, places, groups and communities. There are different notions of belonging; however, they are recognised in cultural, historical, personal and social contexts. The poems “Feliks Skrzynecki” and “10 Mary Street” by Peter Skrzynecki and the film “Edward Scissorhands” by Tim Burton all show the risks and rewards of belonging. By gathering various techniques within each of these texts and showing their effect, they display how each person’s ideas of belonging will allow for different approaches to it.

Peter Skrzynecki wrote many poems about his personal risks and rewards of belonging, shown largely in “Feliks Skrzynecki”. This is a poem written in first person from the son’s (Peter) point of view. Feliks was an immigrant who has embraced his new culture in Australia, while still belonging to polish culture through memory. The poem is in the form of two parts, the first address the benefits of belonging in a one of admiration. Skrzynecki refers to his father as persistent, using a hyperbole “swept his garden ten times around the world”. He also describes him as ‘gentle’ despite hardships of migration and “five years in forced labour”. Feliks understands his luck in being able to belong to these two cultures and has the outlook of, “but I’m alive”. Imagery shows the idealised place of mind and joy his father receives, “on the back porch, smoking, sitting out the night with his dog”. Peter lacks understanding of both Australian and polish culture therefore doesn’t belong to either, making it difficult for him to learn and find happiness in finding belonging. Peter doesn’t understand polish culture and slowly loses interest, which is evident in when he writes, “I forgot my first polish word at 13”. Overall...

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