Practice Essay

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Belonging to place and people is important in providing a sense of identity and security. In Skrzynecki’s Post Card, this is seen through the idea that an immigrant may experience confusion about whether they belong to their birth land or their adoptive land. Skrzynecki suggests that a migrant may be dismissive of their cultural heritage and feel a loss of connection to their homeland due to living in a different country. This is shown when the protagonist receives a postcard from a friend to show to his parents and remind them where they came from. The poet writes “I never knew you except in third person”. A second person point of view is used to show his strong emotional response as he realises that he has never known the city. This positions the responder to understand that Peter’s only recollection of his birth land would have been from the descriptions by his parents and their friends as he migrated when he was only 4 years old. Furthermore, an immigrant’s confusion about where they belong is also captured when the protagonist acknowledges that he will eventually return to his birth land. This is demonstrated in the quotation, “A lone tree whispers: ‘We will meet before you die’”. The use of personification makes it clear that Peter cannot ignore his heritage. This contributes to our understanding that in order for the protagonist to understand his identity and be free from his confusion, he must return to his birth land. Therefore, it can be seen that Skrzynecki has successfully conveyed that an immigrant may experience confusion about whether they belong to their birth land or their adoptive

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