Task 8, ‘BELONGING CAN INVOLVE THE MAKING OF DIFFICULT CHOICES’
John W. foster said that ‘a man without decision can never be said to belong to himself.’ This perception of belonging clearly demonstrates that it is necessary to make difficult decisions to belong. This idea is partially confirmed in the texts I have studied: Immigrant Chronicle by Peter Skrynecki, and the novel Fiddler on the Roof by Norman Jewison. These three texts demonstrate that an individual can make difficult choices to not belong as well as belong depending on what they want. As mentioned above, making difficult choices can also make a person not to belong. This concept is aptly demonstrated in Peter Skrynecki’s poem ‘Postcard’. In this poem, Skrzynecki shows his decisions using a number of figurative devices such as when he speaks to the postcard in an apostrophe, stating "I never knew you", and later repeats, "I never knew you/ Let me be." The repetition of this phrase and the imperative ("Let") convey an ardent rejection of the image of the town. This suggests a conscious decision not to belong to the world of the postcard. Similarly, Peter in "Feliks Skrzynecki" chooses not to belong with his father's Polish friends. The negative connotations of "violently" create a sense of his alienation from them. The high modality when he says he "never got used to" the friends' "formal address[ing]" of his father. "Feliks Skrzynecki" further suggests his choice not to belong with his father's friends. In the poem “St. Patrick’s College” emphasizes how the poet chooses not to belong to the school where his mother wants him to go to. The poem starts with a notion that the poet’s mother decides for her son to belong to a particular group in the community. She decides the future of her son by judging the school’s uniforms of her employer’s sons “Impressed by the uniforms. Of the employer’s sons,” The second stanza starts with a negative image from the Skrzynecki’s point of view. He uses a...
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