Peter Skrzynecki's Immigrant Hostel 'And'

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With reference to prescribed texts determine the most importance influences in achieving a sense of belonging: Belonging, as the association of common characteristics, ideal and beliefs, is an essential component of human existence. And as social creatures the naissance of a true sense of belonging is the resolve of social connectedness to a time or place. Furthermore, while cultural association is essential in establishing a sense of self and identity, such cultural awareness acts to incur commonalities for means of social connection, as it is the social gratification that comes with interpersonal affiliation that evokes a feeling of belonging. Peter Skrzynecki’s Migrant Hostel and Postcard, both entries in the Immigrant Chronicles,…show more content…
And despite the implication of uncertainty and insecurity; “we lived like birds of passage”, a simile, likening the migrants to migratory birds thus linking the fragility and reliance on a group instinct to the migrants ever-changing situation, there is a suggestion of security from cultural commonalities. Skrzynecki furthers this image; “Nationalities sought each other out instinctively Like a homing pigeon”, to create a social cohort and establish a sense of belonging between the migrants, brought together by the oppression of a common situation and alienation from society. However in again referencing migratory birds, in an abstract description of the migrants behavior, Skrzynecki acts to outline the absence of common qualities between the migrants and society. Skrzynecki’s writing thus, tends to highlight the uncertainty that surrounds the migrants existence, with there lack of social connectedness and absence of cultural conformity condemning them to social…show more content…
While the images all, hold nostalgic value, these recounting sequences are signified by a change in picture or background tone. These encounters divulge to him, the customs and values of this new culture and hence in belonging socially, the protagonist is able to assimilate culturally. These texts both outline the importance of social connectedness in allowing cultural understanding and belonging, as Skrzynecki, through extensive personification and symbolism, allows the tree at Warsaw to “Whisper: “We will meet Before you die.””, the tree symbolic of the speakers life, suggesting that cultural ties dictate ones nature. The Arrival’s final images, depicting the protagonists assimilated family, assisting foreigners, shows the importance of social relationships in assimilating culturally, and in achieving a sense of

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