Belonging Speech Essay

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Without relationships who would we be, what would we do and where would we belong? Relationships eminently seem to be the foundation of belonging, whether it is in a family, friendship, romance or otherwise. Relationships are able to enrich our identity and sense of belonging which can therefore lead to acceptance and understanding. Consequently, belonging can also have the ability to have negative repercussions for individuals involved in these relationships. ‘The Sandwich Generation’ by Julie Winokur and Ed Kashi as well as ‘Feliks Skrzynecki’ by Peter Skrzynecki both outline the understanding of belonging and what it means for those involved in the relationships. Belonging is built upon relationships and these relationships can enrich our identity and sense of belonging which can lead to acceptance and understanding. ‘The Sandwich Generation’ deals with this concept through the ideals of the 2 young children. “The kids are being given this lesson, this life lesson in what it means to care for someone”. Belonging to this family has helped them understand what belonging means and the repetition of ‘lesson’ emphasises the point that belonging in this family where it is a bit tougher than normal, has provided them with acceptance and understanding. In comparison, the poem Feliks Skrzynecki explores very similar concepts in that Feliks deals with the fact that his relationships with his friends are enriching his identity with his background. “Talking, they reminisced about farms where paddocks flowered with corn and wheat.” The imagery that is portrayed gives the responder the knowledge of what his life has previously been like and the place and people that he feels he belongs with. Feliks relationships with his friends and hometown build up a sense of belonging in where he feels accepted and understood. Relationships will always build a sense of belonging;

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