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Extended Response
Man’s need to belong can trigger challenges that lead to both positive and negative outcomes.

Discuss the truth of this statement with close reference to the poem Feliks Skrzynecki

The statement “Man’s need to belong can trigger challenges that lead to both positive and negative outcomes” is a true statement that is demonstrated in the poem Feliks Skrzynecki. The two subjects of the poem, Peter and Feliks Skrzynecki both exhibit a yearning for belonging and must overcome challenges that arise due to their need to obtain a sense of connectedness to people and place. The challenges that Feliks and Peter are trying to overcome lead to positive and negative outcomes.

Feliks Skrzynecki produces many challenges that appear due to his need to belong to people and place. The results of his willingness to belong to people and place in a foreign country are both positive and negative. Feliks belongs to and shares a history with other Polish immigrants. He socializes with these people in order to feel a sense of belonging. By only socializing with people who are in the same situation as himself he creates an area of difference between him and his son, and this is a negative outcome of Feliks challenges that he has to overcome in order to feel a sense of belonging. Feliks was stubborn and refused to learn the culture of Australia and this created disconnect between Peter and himself. Feliks create a place in which to belong, and this place is his garden that he “loved… like an only child”. Feliks does not belong to Australia so he creates his own place to fit in to. The hard work and labour that he puts into his garden provide him with a sense of security and purpose in a place where he is alienated. The positive results of this is that he creates a beautiful place that will be used for people to enjoy in future years, however the negatives of overcoming the challenge of belonging to place are that he neglects to notice his sons...
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