Just as the migrants in Skrzynecki’s poetry feel disconnected from the community and people around them, so too does the main character Walt Kowalski in the film Grand Torino. “Migrant Hostel” is a poem that describes the hardships faced by the immigrants that migrated to Australia after WW2 at the invitation of the government. The poem is central to an immigrant’s impression of the barriers and the negative perceptions of adapting to a new life within the hostel.
Good morning teachers and students. I will explore how the perceptions of belonging and not belonging can be influenced by external forces through the two Peter Skrzynecki poems ‘Felik’s Skrzynecki’ and ‘St Patrick’s College’ and my related text ‘New Boy’, a short film by Steph Green. These texts explore the aspects that individuals are externally excluded when they are undesired outsiders and assimilating to a foreign environment arouses the difficulties in affiliation. Peter Skrzynecki’s poem “Feliks Skrzynecki” explores the aspect that individuals are externally excluded when they are undesired outsiders. The mocking tone of the clerk’s rhetorical question exposes this idea, “Did your father ever attempt to learn English?” exposes this idea.
The theme of Consumerism is again brought to the fore, as it shows how losing individuality, and giving into to mass-conformity and consumerism is the only way to fit into society when he. The futile cycle of human lives in a materialistic world is portrayed in this poem, underlining all of the shallowness and facades in society, showing us how lonely and emotionless a person’s life can really be due to consumerism. The main poetic techniques employed within the poem, involves the use of imagery to display the shallowness of life through the descriptions of Human life as a game show; family as an advertised product; Stars like kids at the circus; the cemetery as an underground city. The Epigraph at the start of the poem, is also effective in communicating the central point to which the whole poem revolves. In addition, the use of language through metaphors, personifications and similes all contribute to the theme of consumerism.
In order to feel a sense of belonging, an individual must gain stability in relationships and connections within a community. The inability to create stable connections or relationships will inevitably result in alienation. Throughout the poem “Migrant Hostel” by Peter Skryznecki, the focus is on the uncertain and chaotic environment that all the migrants are experiencing while waiting for the news that they are able to begin their new lives. Along with, how the natural instinct of finding similar cultural groups helps the migrants have a sense of belonging. “No one kept count of all the comings and goings” this shows the migrants feeling of uncertainty and temporariness as their inability to keep track of what was unfolding around them made them worries and also confused .
When analyzing the second question “Did the little pig cry ‘wee wee wee’ all the way home?” He comes across more straight forward and skeptical creating a sarcastic feel. The way it can be looked at is that the dialogue was meant for the narrator to build trust and was straight to the point about who he was representing and what he was selling but then in the second half of his statement, created an uneasy feeling as if being asked an irrational question that had no real meaning or purpose to the
Perceptions of belonging or not belonging vary. This concept is explored in Peter Skryznecki’s Immigrant Chronicle in the poem, Feliks Skryznecki. Feliks and Peter have different perceptions of their belonging in Australia and the necessity of belonging in Australia. In my related text, the movie Happy Feet, directed by George Miller, Mumble finds his differences alienate him from his penguin society and he begins a search to find a sense of belonging. Feliks, Peter’s immigrant father is the main subject of the poem, but Peter himself also becomes the subject as their ways of creating their places in the world are compared.
Skrzynecki looks at the changing nature of belonging and its impacts through his relationship with his father. Initially, the possessive pronoun “my gentle father” reveals their close relationship but as their cultural ties weaken they become distanced from one another. The growing alienation brought about by the detachment from Polish culture and the embracing of Australian culture is revealed when the poet to metaphorically pegs his tents “further and further south of Hadrian’s Wall” away from his traditional roots. As the poet distances himself from his culture and father, the simile “like a dumb prophet” reveals that both parties are powerless to prevent this inevitable separation. Being a first generation migrant, the father’s strong cultural bonds prevents his assimilation because of society’s intolerance towards migrants, as shown through the animalistic imagery of the
Shameni Selvarajah Mrs. Mansoor ENG 3U0 June 3, 2014 1460 words The Struggle between Human Emotion and Morality “Hatred, is the coward's revenge for being intimidated.” Andre Dubus III’s novel House of Sand and Fog uses the topic of racism to convey its ability to completely morph one’s true character. Throughout the novel, Massoud Amir Behrani is perceived as an angry ignorant man. However, he does not behave in the same manner towards the people whom he loves. Similarly, Lester Burdon’s character begins to significantly change when he speaks to the Behrani family, in contrast to the way he speaks to Kathy, which clearly shows how his hatred
This not only compels the readers to see the lack of common sense by which these people are trying to achieve, but to completely view them as people who pose as a stain of society. This element of their nuisance is enhanced by the use of words “bludgers” and “hippies” by which label them as lazy, freeloading parasites who are unable to move on with society and regress into useless human beings. The attack continues with the words ‘activists’ and ‘liberationists’. These words imply there is a hidden, unclear agenda by which these people are trying to achieve and more importantly how. This appeal to fear causes the audience to question the behaviour of these people creating a sense of fear and doubt.
So here is kind of contradictory that even though he hates the British Empire, but he still work for them, and these action has reflect the definition of ambivalence. * The reason why I choose “D. antipathy” is because base on the same quote I found in the paragraph 2, he directly blame all the environment he had. He hate the people, hate his imperial country Britain, and he job. So I use to think that since he has such dislike about everything, apathy should be the correct answer.