Physical Journey

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Physical Journey’s often involve choices being made when individuals encounter obstacles or move to new places. Discuss the significance of the concept of choice in relation to your exploration of physical Journeys and its impact on your thinking. -Migrant Hostel

-Leaving Home
-Feliks Skrzynecki
Choices are an un-avoidable fact of human life. Typically, a physical journey changes our views, challenges our thinking, broadens our understanding, and through this, expands our knowledge of life. Through various literary techniques, Peter Skrzynecki successfully portrays all elements of a physical in his poems Migrants Hostel, Leaving Home and Feliks Skrzynecki. In today’s society people are not always aware of the consequences, or degree of consequences, that come about as a result of their actions. The concept of choice forces us to consider the elements behind a physical journey and the net benefit of our actions. Migrants Hostel depicts the notions of ‘choice’ and successfully portrays the consequences of freedom. In this poem the migrants are challenged through the hardships they face as they leave their familiar grounds for the new and unwelcoming world. The migrants choice of migration from ‘war-torn Europe’ to the ‘better world’ is ironic as the migrants are faced with exactly what they were running from, a prison like migrant hostel. Skrzynecki depicts the concept of choice and its ambiguity as the consequences of migration a felt by the migrants as a result of their choosing. The comparison of the boom gate to an accusing finger of reprimand suggests a barrier, obstructing the immigrants passage to acceptance and acknowledgement. This simile is a constant reminder of their separation and rejection from society, alienating them from the new world. The ambiguous nature at this point in the migrants journey is given when Skrzynecki states ‘That had only just begun or were dying’. Initially, the migrants were treating the migrant hostel as a prison, an...
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