Feliks Skrzynecki In The Folk Museum

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People experience a sense of belonging in varied and complex ways. How is this explored in the texts you have studied? Belonging is a layered concept where you can achieve a sense of belonging through. Peter Skrzynecki has explored the concept of not belonging due to the lack of connection in the poems “Feliks Skrzynecki” and “In the folk museum”. The lack of connection or intimacy will lead to isolation and alienation. In the poem “Feliks Skrzynecki”, Peter finds it difficult to establish a connection with his father who he admires strongly. The difficulty of trying to establish a connection with his father is due to the fact that his father has a strong and emotional tie to his Polish heritage and past which Peter was not a part of. Peter…show more content…
Feliks has created his own garden to which he “loved it like an only child”. The garden represents a natural world he can understand and control. It also offers security and peace as he establishes a deep connection to it. Instead of becoming an educated Australian like Peter, Feliks refuses to belong as he holds onto his past and Polish heritage. The fact that Peter is becoming more Australian further distances him from his father leading to isolation and alienation. The distance growing between them is shown in the metaphor “Further and further south of Hadrian’s Wall”. In the poem Feliks has tried to instil in Peter a sense of cultural belonging but it is impossible for Peter to develop the sense of belonging to a nation, a culture and heritage that is a large aspect of Feliks’s life. This attempt fails as a feeling of belonging cannot be enforced or easily…show more content…
Furthermore the use of the pronouns “I” and “They” highlights the contrast between belonging to a group and the isolation of the individual. Peter then chooses to leave in the last stanza and it is shown that he chooses not to belong to the place in the line “And I leave without wanting a final look”. Before Peter leaves the caretaker attempts to make a connection when her hand touches his which is a contrast to her “cold touch” and “grey clay bottle” mentioned earlier in the poem. She asks politely “Would you please sign the Visitor’s book?” accentuates that Peter is an outsider to the place and it is an invitation to

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