Imagine you are a new kid at school. The boy sitting behind you harasses you and everyone in your class seems to look at you differently. This is how it usually starts when trying to belong in a new environment around people you don’t know. This indicates that an external force can influence our sense of security and acceptance.
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. This reveals that a community can assert hostility through mockery, to people who are from a foreign place and cannot speak the same language. Therefore this indicates that individuals can feel exclusion through outside factors due to cultural differences.
In a similar way, Steph Green’s short film ‘New Boy’ also demonstrates that individuals are externally excluded when they are undesired outsiders. Repetition of the bully saying, “You’re dead” displays this idea. Joseph, the new boy, is a foreign child who is trying to assimilate in a new environment in the UK due to warfare in his homeland, however is unable to because of certain barriers such as bullying. His appearance is different to all the other kids in the school, causing him to be highly vulnerable to harassment.
The antagonist in this short film is an example of people who repel outsiders because of their...