“Belonging fulfils our emotional needs”
Belonging may fulfil our emotional needs, it has the ability to decide or alters one’s mind, and it may provide us the joy that we need from a sense of acceptance or the unpreventable discomfort from isolation. Belonging is shaped within the personal experience; it has the power to change us, emotionally and physically. Texts show us the importance of belonging as they explore the many aspects, including the potential to enrich or challenge a belief. This is reflected through the anthology, “Immigrant chronicle” written by the Australian-Polish poet, Peter Skrzynecki. Through his knowledge but mainly his own experiences, Skrzynecki conveys the difficulties of belonging, not belonging and the barriers which prevent belonging. He has shown us how valuable a sense of belonging is to a foreigner, as it can emotionally alienate you from your family as w ell as battling to keep up with the forever changing society, famously remembered in the poem ‘Feliks Skrzynecki’. Similarly, in the dystopian novel “A clockwork orange” written by the English author Anthony Burgess, Alex is a criminal who doesn’t belong anywhere within society. Moreover, the two thousand and three children’s Pixar film “Finding Nemo” directed by the American, Andrew Stanton, shows the emotional discomfort of the protagonist, Nemo when he is captured and fretful Marlin as he incautiously journeys through the unknown waters to find his son. As we’ve noticed the notions of belonging and what it can provide us emotionally, the eulogy ‘Feliks Skrzynecki’ depicts the dissatisfaction of not belonging. Although the very first line of the poem, “my gentle father” shows a sign of acceptance and admiration of his father, Skrzynecki’s overall statement shows resentment, dissatisfaction and alienation, “Watched me pegging my tents further and further south of Hadrians Wall”, Hadrians Wall used as a symbol comparing the differences of his culture and heritage with his...
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