‘An individual’s sense of belonging is determined not only by their own choices, but also by the attitudes of others’. Belonging is an individual’s feeling or level of security and comfort relating physically or mentally to one’s social life. The ‘sense of belonging’ to a place, object or person, allows someone to express who they are, not only to themselves, but also to others in a comfortable way that is accepted. The prescribed texts that I have used to identify the power of own choice, attitudes of others and external factors that influence a person’s sense of belonging; include two poems from Peter Skrzynecki’s ‘Immigrant Chronicle’, ‘Migrant Hostel’ and ‘Feliks Skrzynecki’. Another two related texts that I have identified to have significant meaning and relation to the statement, include Ian Kim’s watercolour painting ‘Alienation’ and an anonymous online feature article called ‘The challenge of being a Muslim in post-9/11 America’ from a website called ‘The Guardian’. Despite an environment which is not conducive to achieving a sense of belonging, some people are able to find contentment and peace with themselves and their surrounds and are thereby able to achieve a sense of belonging. Skrzynecki’s poem “Feliks Skrzynecki” describes Feliks’s confirmed identity and sense of belonging through the abundance of metaphors, similes and emotive enjambment. The metaphor ‘where his father kept pace only with the Joneses of his minds making’, coupled with the simile, ‘loved his garden like an only child’, captures his father’s immersion in Polish culture and his indifference OR more likely his father’s pretermit to the world around, suggestive of a deep emotive attachment to his garden, which serves as a nexus of his agrarian heritage and alteration or indifference to new cultures. This sense of contentment finds resolution in the tranquillity that shapes his father’s connection to his past, evident in the gentle meandering and lyrical emotive...
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