Belonging Essay; Peter Skrzynecki

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'Understanding nourishes belonging ... a lack of understanding prevents it.' Demonstrate how your prescribed text represent this interpretation of belonging. Over time an individual's understanding of others and places inevitably change. Developing an individual's sense of identity through a greater depth of understanding of social and cultural contexts the individual experiences, in turn enriches their sense of belonging. The notion that an individual's level of understanding affects the ability to belong is conveyed in the poems 'Feliks Skrzynecki', 'St Patrick's College' and 'Post Card' featured in the collection of poems 'Immigrant Chronicle' by Peter Skrzynecki. In the poem 'Feliks Skrzynecki', the persona's inability to develop a deep understanding with his father and Polish cultural heritage restricts the formation of a cultural context into his identity hence limiting the sense of belonging. On the other hand, the persona's father has a clear understanding of his Polish culture as wells as a developed social surrounding that has evolved his sense of self allowing the ability to belong. The poem 'St Patrick's College' illustrates the persona's lack of depth in understanding of the school and its purpose which hinders the development of his identity creating a struggle to belong. In the poem 'Post Card', the persona explores his identity however without a developed understanding of his cultural heritage proves to be a barrier against a sense of belonging. The level of understanding constantly changes, though it requires a knowledgeable amount in order to culturally and socially develop a stronger sense of oneness thus a feeling of belonging. The adaptation of the person's father in 'Feliks Skrzynecki' into Australian society as a migrant is part of his self-image, where as the persona is culturally inexperienced which defects a cultural aspect from being part of his identity. The persona's father, Feliks is content with the environment he has created for...
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