Adv English Peter Skrzynecki

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How has your understanding of the concept of belonging been shaped by the representation of relationships and events that you have encountered in the texts you have studied for the Area of Study: Belonging?

Belonging requires an individual to build a connection with another person or group over time, these connections are often developed through shared experience and understanding. Peter Skrzynecki’s poems; “Feliks Skrzynecki” (1975) and “Migrant Hostel” (1975) offer various perspectives and representations on this concept. Ernest Hemingway’s short story “A clean well lighted place” (1926) and the picture “Berlin Wall” by unknown (1973) compliment these perspectives and representations further.

A lack of shared events and time hinders the ability for relationships to form and therefore for a sense of belonging to form with it. “Feliks Skrzynecki” offers the responder an insight into the world of a Polish immigrant, Skrzynecki’s father and the experiences and events that have developed his relationships and hence sense of belonging. Skrzynecki, the narrator describes his father’s interactions with his friends as they discuss their time in Poland, an experience Skrzynecki never had. This creates a barrier in which he cannot belong as “that formal address I never got used. Talking they reminisced” emphasising that because he did not partake in this event he cannot form the same relationship and hence not belong. Hemingway’s short story tells the reader about two waiters in a café one young and one old and their different perspectives on a lonely customer who stays all night. The younger waiter hasn’t shared the experiences the man has “he’s lonely. I’m not lonely. I have a wife to go home to” the use of personal pronoun accentuates the differences between the two. Because the man doesn’t have a family they don’t understand each other and can’t form an understanding relationship. This lack of family evokes a longing for a place to belonging, explaining why...
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