Belonging is a complex concept, with numerous definitions. It is used to define a connection a protagonist has with their environment, physical environment and social environment. Belonging can result in both a positive and negative experience. The choice to belong or not belong can be forced upon an individual by society. The most common barriers preventing a person from belonging in society in which are highlighted in Peter Skrzynecki’s poems include culture, language religion. Skrzynecki, straddles a dichotomy; that of identification and disconnection. Green is used as the background as the psychological effect is that it creates comfort and people usually feel comfortable when they belong. A string is used to join the photos together to express the connections of belonging. The photos chosen to represent not belonging are placed on a black background to express a dark and isolated sense of not belonging. ‘We departed
Each morning, shut the house
Like a well-oiled lock…’
This quote from 10 Mary Street uses a simile to highlight the regular activity/routine of the families’ life. It deals with a sense of belonging to place, the place being their home which represents a fortress/sanctuary for the family. The home is where they feel safe and secure. In photo 1 of the man who appears alone and in a dark place portrays a sense of not belonging. The vector lines of the broken trolley draw your attention to a single post away from the man who is behind the trolley in a corner. Dark shades and colours are also used to display a dark emotion. The feeling of belonging to a place, like the Skrzynecki family, makes people feel secure. The man has no home or sense of security as to that of the Skryznecki family has with their home. He doesn’t have a place where he belongs to, with his only belongings being stored in a trolley. ‘The curse that damned
A crew-cut, grey-haired
Who asked me in dancing-bear grunts:
“Did your father ever learn English?”...
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