Belonging Essay

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We are all torn between wanting to stand apart and wanting to fit in. How is this conflict explored in 2 poems and one text? (800 words)

An Amerian psychiatrist, William Glasser, once said: “We are driven by five genetic needs: survival, love and belonging, power, freedom and fun.” As humans, the impulse to search for acceptance is present in our nature; however we are also driven by our desire to be unique. It is this conflict between wanting to stand apart and wanting to fit in that shapes our identities, and distinguishes us as a distinct species in the world. These ideas of acceptance and alienation are explored in the poems Feliks Skrzynecki and Postcard, and Randa Abedel-Fattah’s feature article Prejudice is alive and well in the legal profession.

Feliks Skrzynecki offers its readers an insight into the life of a man who chooses self-satisfaction over social acceptance while also reflecting the poet’s exclusion. Skryznecki establishes the filial bond between Feliks and himself in the opening of the poem. He uses a personal pronoun in “My gentle father” to show his love and respect for this father figure. Despite the close relationship between father and son, their outlooks on life remain very different. Feliks has experienced many hardships in his life but continues to be optimistic- “Five years of forced labour in Germany did not dull the softness of his blue eyes.” The poet creates an image of a strong, resilient man who is not bitter about his experiences and further enforces this idea by saying “I never once heard him complain of work, the weather or pain.” Feliks’ past allows him to be satisfied with very little, hence he does not strive to fit in. Instead he is a self sufficient man who is content in keeping pace “only with the Joneses of his own mind’s making.” Long vowel sounds in “loved his garden like an only child” slows the rhythm and is paired with sharp, short sounds in “Alert, brisk and silent” to develop Feliks’ independent image. The...
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