Skrzynecki Journey

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“A Journey is more than just movement from one place to another. It is about learning and growth” What have you learned about the importance of journeys from your study of physical journeys? In your response you must refer closely to your prescribed text, Immigrant Chronicles and one supplementary text of your own choosing. “A Journey is more than just movement from one place to another. It is about learning and growth.” This can be broken down, and understood in a way that a journey isn’t just something physical we can go out and do without learning something about ourselves in the process, whether it’s a climbing a mountain, or facing a fear. We discover a purpose for the journey within ourselves, and appreciate what we have or realise…show more content…
This introduces the third theme ‘the acquisition of self-knowledge’. In a way, this is the conclusion of the three themes studied. Skrzynecki travelled miles in search for a better place, growing up surrounded by people in pain, and other lonely and sad immigrants, and like in his poem “Feliks Skrzynecki” where in the sixth stanza, he couldn’t understand why people could be happy until he reached Australia where he learned that it’s actually possible to be content. Forrest always knew how to be happy, and unlike in the poems, he no longer had to search for happiness or a meaning for his life chasing after Jenny when he found his son. Although what does it mean when Forrest’s journey was abruptly cut short when Jenny died? He began a new one with the life of his son, teaching him to grow into a selfless young man. Skrzynecki, upon reaching his destination, found only bitterness and anguish when he had to pack up and leave his home at the orders of another. Until he becomes his own hero, Skrzynecki will not complete his journey fuelled with rage and despair that is emphasised in “Leaving Home”, as shown by his use of the words “Swore that Head Office, Would not see my face again, Unless I become my own Scipio
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