Several aspects of belonging can be explored through any of Peter Skrzynecki’s poems in the Immigrant Chronicle. Peter Skrzynecki explores belonging and its effect on him and his family. Belonging is a feeling that every human has a need to feel. When a person feels like they don’t belong they lose the feeling of security, they lack self esteem and an individual’s physical and physiological wellbeing can also be affected.
In the poem “St Patrick’s College” shows the feeling of being unable to belong in such a day to day setting and the feeling of making his mother proud of him despite how embarrassed he felt not being of the same class with the students wearing the uniform that impressed her so much.
In similarity the words expressed in the poem “Feliks Skrzynecki” again highlight the enormous feeling of isolation captured within the perimeters of his father’s world as he chose to exist in his own little cocoon bordered by memories of his homeland in Warsaw Poland.
And my third and final poem is “10 Mary Street” which emphasizes the hardship many immigrants face on a cultural level.
My chosen related texts to the poems mentioned above are “Camp Rock” a movie directed by Matthew Diamond and the childhood story of “the ugly duckling”. In the movie Camp Rock it explores a young girls desire to fit in to a school of musicians and the lengths she goes to in order to belong and be accepted amongst her peers. Just like Peter Skrzynecki need to also belong this movie is relative in the personal, cultural, historical and definitely the social contexts of belonging somewhere in life. As we all know, the moral of the story behind the meaning of the Ugly Duckling is that individuality is what we think is important but the pressure to be like everyone else is socially acceptable. The ugly duckling does not see herself as not belonging and the story is a great example of what it really means to belong.
Peter Skrzynecki has shaped the poem St Patricks...
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