Feliks Skrzynecki and Mean Girls

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The Poem, ‘Feliks Skrzynecki,’ composed by Peter Skrzyneck, explores a relationship between father and son, and their contrasting experiences of belonging to a new place to call home. My related text, ‘The Perks of being a wallflower,’ a novel composed by Stephen Chbosky, is a story narrated by a teenager who goes by the alias of “Charlie.” Charlie explains and analyses various scenes in his life by writing a series of letters to an anonymous person whom he does not know personally. When the story begins, Charlie is shy an unpopular, he is a wallflower, but when he decides to be brave enough to talk to the prettiest girl in the school, Sam, his life transforms and he experiences introversion, teenage sexuality, abuse, drug and alcohol use, and the awkward times of adolescence.

The opening line of ‘Feliks Skrzynecki,’ ‘My gentle father,’ allows the reader to predict that this poem can not only be considered a noticeable tribute to the composer’s father, but can also imply a physical journey. This idea of a journey becomes more evident throughout various areas of the poem including the metaphor used is stanza seven, “After that, like a dumb prophet, watched me pegging my tents further and further south of Hadrian’s wall.” This line allows the reader to understand that the father could foresee the result of his son’s detachment, but chooses to stay quiet to allow his son to learn for himself. The line in stanza three, ‘His polish friends, always shook hands too violently” conveys a feeling of discomfort within the son, it is evident that the son feels detached from the “violent” ways of his heritage and feels like he does not belong, like he is an outcast. This line strongly relates to a line on page 8 in ‘The perks of being a wallflower’, “Some kids look at me strange in the hallways because I don't decorate my locker, and I'm the one who beat up Sean and couldn't stop crying after he did it. I guess I'm pretty emotional.” I feel these two lines strongly relate...
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