Belonging Speech Essay

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Billy Bragg states “I’m trying to make a case for people who don’t have a sense of belonging that they should have, that there is something really worthwhile in having a sense of belonging,” Do you all agree with his statement? I DO! But in order to achieve a sense of belonging, we firstly need to develop a sense of identity within ourselves and be able to accept who we are before we can search for a sense of belonging to the wider world. Hello, to my fellow peers and teachers, my name is Tyron Chappell, as most of you know. I want to ask you, if you have ever felt that you don’t belong and what you consider to be the rewards of achieving a sense of belonging. Today I’m going to discuss the poems, “Migrant Hostel”, “Felix Skrzynecki” and the novel “Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone.” Each of the texts has their own story to tell about their struggle with finding a sense of belonging. ‘Migrant Hostel’ tells the persona’s and his families perception of what they went through when they first moved to Australia, and their obstacles they faced whilst living in the migrant hostel. The poem deals with the complexities of belonging and the daily struggles of assimilating. The opening line, “No one kept count” shows the reader that the persona and his family are in a negative situation. The emphasis on the ‘no’ highlights the personas tone which is also negative and the lack of order within the hostel. “We lived like birds of passage”, is an example of a pronoun to show that the migrants tried to unite and feel a sense of belonging within another but failed as the persona still feels a sense of not belonging. Pronouns are used throughout the poem to make the reader connect with the persona. “A barrier at the main gate sealed off the highway” consists of the techniques metaphor, symbol and imagery. The technique simile is used throughout the line to

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