Skrzynecki Belonging Related Texts

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Belonging is notorious for its complex nature. One person’s perception of belonging can vastly differ from another’s. This is displayed clearly in Peter Skrzynecki’s poetry, in this essay however Feliks Skrzynecki and 10 Mary Street will be discussed in detail. To support the points raised and provide further examples of belongings complexities the texts Dumb by Nirvana and the film Avatar directed by James Cameron.

Firstly, in the poem Feliks Skrzynecki the persona describes the father figure as self sufficient in the lines “My gentle father/kept pace only with the Joneses of his own minds making”. This is backed up later in the poem when we learn that Feliks has made no attempt to even learn English. This is the kind of complacency that the persona aspires towards. The hyperbole used in the words “swept its paths ten times around the world” shows us as readers the sheer determination Feliks possesses in his path to maintain his roots in his new country. This is juxtaposed in the lyrics to the song Dumb by Nirvana in which Kurt Cobain professes “I’m not like them but I can pretend”. These lyrics are talking about conforming to belong. The persona described in this song is different to those around him and feels that he needs to conform and be “like them” just to belong. This is the exact opposite to the father in Feliks Skrzynecki who refuses to be just like everyone else, he holds onto his culture whilst simultaneously absorbing the culture around him.

Secondly, Belonging changes from person to person. For example in Avatar James Cameron uses biodiversity to convey his message about belonging. In the film, Jake Sully is a paraplegic and does not feel as though he belongs. This is why he travels to Pandora, a distant planet, to take over his deceased brother’s duties as a scientist. Jake belongs to the Na’vi people of Pandora because he has nothing to lose. James Cameron portrays Jake as, at first, incompetent. As the film progresses Jake’s relationship...
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