Madera’s desire to overcome her language barrier caused her to decide to go back to college and take English courses (79). Madera had taken her weakness into her own hands and decided to fix it by going back to school. She realizes that the way she speaks does not show the type of person that she, but her writing does (80). “The Bar of Gold” also talks about how the protagonist, Weeping John, is his own constraint, and because of that he is not able to move forward. In this folktale, Weeping John is constantly sick because he is worried about how his family will survive after his death (Gold 148).
This idea is continued in his mother “wanting only what was best,” an anecdote symbolising ignorance and sacrifice. Peter Skrzynecki explores the idea of choosing not to belong. The persona is distancing himself from his school through distraction: "fervently counted/ the seventy-eight pages". He violently “stuck pine needles” into the motto. This use of pine needles in attacking the motto highlights violence and aggression the persona feels towards the school, which is a direct reflection of his lack of interaction with others, resulting in his feelings of insecurity and actions of defiance which in turn builds a greater barrier to belonging.
In reading “The Martyrdom of Perpetua”, she was willing to sacrifice her life for her faith, even if it went against her father wishes. I am not sure if she understood her reasoning for being so stubborn in her life choices. Therese at a very young age she knew that she would three choices for her life, marriage, live at home as a single women caring for her father or to join the convent. At the age of 14 she told her father that she wanted to join the convent to serve God. Authenticity can be dependent on the individuals finding of faith and becoming true to oneself.
How does it contrast with Sophie's childhood? David has a home life that is filled with an air of stubbornness. It is because of David’s rebel nature, and inquiry nature, that he would not go along with his family’s belief, in which caused the family life to be unreliable. On page 12 it says: "There was a pause - at least, her voice paused, but her thoughts went on, ...." What is revealed in that paragraph and why does the author do it so casually? To portray Sophie’s mother content but at the same time worry, in a more casual
In his letter, Dibs’ expresses his protest to the head of the school by arguing that his classmate was not trying to cheat by copying off of him, but that he was trying to look at Dibs’ paper to make sure that he had the correct date down and as Dib’s argues, “He said he was verifying a date – an important date in history – and since accuracy is of date is essential to establish its very existence, then it should indeed, be verified” (Axline, 1964, p. 217). Dibs’ mother saw him as being schizophrenic, autistic, or mentally challenged (Axline, 1964, p.88). I can understand how his mother might have thought he was autistic, but not schizophrenic or mentally challenged. In fact, Dibs’ was the just the opposite of mentally challenged, he was a child of “superior intelligence” as his therapist suggests to his mother (Axline, 1964, p.92). Berger (2012, p.342) suggests that autism comes in many
The poem suggests that the persona didn’t really fit in with his father’s happiness and the powerful phrase “happy as I have never been” suggests this very clearly. Skryznecki realises that he and his father have different perception of belonging. There is a section in stanza 7, line 3 which states that the person forgot his first polish word and would repeat it until he never forgot because he feels so distant from his father’s heritage. The next text I would like to confer with all of you is “Migrant Hostel” which is about groups of migrants who journeyed through the experience of going through the migrant hostel in Parkes, in the centre of New South Wales. As I noticed whilst reading this poem, that there is a sense of imprisonment and insecurity, towards the migrants as they waited desperately to be relocated to an unknown destination, which would probably unwelcoming to
Why wouldn’t Holden try to listen to Mr. Spencer about his poor academic accomplishments although he knows his failures? Answer: Holden is experiencing puberty and that may be the main reason why he won’t even bother listening to other people’s opinions, especially about his academic achievements. He just doesn’t want to care of that and enjoy his
This is also ironic considering the motto represents the core values of the school, and the speaker is desecrating the idea to let his light shine. There is a placed emphasise on the distance or ignorance of the persona. This is highlighted in the closing line of this stanza; “Luceat Lux Vestra, I thought it was a brand of soap.” The persona is shown to have a lack of understanding of the school’s crest/motto. Again shows a lack of belonging. When a person detaches themselves from society, like Skrzynecki at his college, they will soon begin to feel alienated and neglected.
‘Belonging is both external and internal’ To what extent have you found this to be true in your prescribed text and TWO other related texts of your own choosing? Central to belonging are the relationships we form to people, place and ourselves and it is through these factors that we develop the understanding that internal and external forces are central to belonging. In Skrzynecki’s poem, Feliks Skrzynecki, Skrzynecki tries to belong to a country he never knew and only belongs in the aspects, which have been unknowingly passed down to him. In St Patrick’s College, Skrzynecki parallels the mothers need to physically belong with the Skrzynecki not belonging at school and the effect his mothers wants has on his attitude. Skrzynecki examines
“Sadness of Desire” Richard Rodriguez: The Achievement of Desire As I read Richard Rodriguez’s The Achievement of Desire a feeling of sadness overwhelmed me. Typical of what Richard Hoggart terms “scholarship boys”, Rodriguez felt he could not admire his parents and still pursue his desire to be like his teachers; educated and successful. Rodriguez’s desire to be like his teachers caused him to abandon his family. The thought of a human being alienating themselves from a loving, supportive family in pursuit of achieving a personal desire makes me sad. As a “scholarship boy” he allows himself to be embarrassed of where he came from and that his parents were not as educated as his teachers.