Intricate Mix of Relationships and Identity

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Belonging is a feeling of attachment and security which takes time, patience and sometimes is never achieved due to isolation. When humans strive to achieve a sense of belonging they experience an understanding of their identity and the social relationships within their lives. Belonging in the texts Gattaca, My Immigration Story, Jane Eyre and Immigrants Chronicle is designed to highlight the intricate mix of social relationships and the continuous quest for individual identity throughout their stories told. Peter Skrzynecki struggles to belong through isolation and therefore takes time and patience to feel attachment and security. The Poem St Patricks College written by Peter Skrzynecki clearly emphasises his feelings of not belonging within his time at St Patricks College. This is evident in the third stanza when he says “I caught the 414 bus like a foreign tourist, uncertain of my destinations every time I got off”. By this he means he would never feel secure since he didn’t feel comfort and attachment through the social relationships around him. He uses a simile to create visual imagery and to help us relate to how he feels. Skrzynecki also feels isolation and insecurity when he states “Our lady watched with outstretched arms, her face overshadowed by clouds.” He uses negative connotations which are symbolic of an unhappy place. This is also symbolic of his future. Skrzynecki could never belong since he did not create the intricate mix of social relationships and individual identity. Peter Skrzynecki shows his sense of belonging in the poem 10 Mary Street by feeling attachment and safety over time. 10 Mary Street shows his connection through his childhood home by stating “Like a well-oiled lock, hid the key under a rusty bucket” this shows that through routine and familiarity, he feels security over time. He uses a simile to create an image in the readers mind. Skrzynecki also mentions his attachment to the country when he says “Naturalized more than a...
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