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Although belonging in its simplest form could be the notion of being accepted within a specific setting, it is not always this easy to be accomplished. By studying the poetry in ‘Immigrant Chronicle’ by Peter Skrzynecki as well as my related text ‘Noughts and Crosses’ by Malorie Blackman, it can be seen that although most people wish to feel the experience of belonging, it is not everybody who are willing to make some hard choices to achieve it. In order for Peter to feel a sense of belonging to his new surroundings and with the Australian culture, he was required to move away from his family’s culture and heritage in order to begin to assimilate. This is shown in the poem ‘St Patrick’s College’ by his need to conform to the strict catholic morals and behaviours which the school values, although he really has no connection personally. An example of this being “Could say The Lord’s Prayer in Latin, all in one breath”, which shows that although he has made the decision to conform to the requirements of belonging to the school, he really has no emotional connection associated with the Lord’s Prayer, or the catholic religion for that matter. In Malorie Blackmans novel, ‘Noughts and Crosses’, her 2 main protagonists (Callum and Sephy) ,are forced to make the decision to lie to their families and social groups in order to be able to continue seeing each other. Due to their different races, society’s racial prejudices have made it almost impossible for these two people to be friends, and these beliefs are what in end, makes choosing to belong the hardest option. Both characters are forced between the notion of belonging to their families and racial groups, or to each other. "Just remember, Callum when you’re floating up and up in your bubble, that bubbles have a habit of bursting. The higher you climb, the further you have to fall”. This notable quote said by Callum’s sister is raised when Callum is obviously struggling with lying to his family about his friendship....
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