There are many different ways that people’s lack of understanding interferes in people’s sense of belonging. The more people understand about the hardships that someone has been through can promote them to feel a sense of belonging to a group or community. These lacks in understanding are evident throughout Peter Skrzynecki’s poems, they include his lack of belonging to the Australian culture because of his heritage, how he feels that he will never truly find the same sense of belonging as his father and his lack of belonging to school due to a lack of undersdtanding. This lack of understanding is also evident within “Happy Feet”, nobody understands how Mumble is different they just ridicule him for his difference. Within Peter Skrzynecki’s poem “St Patricks College” we can see that he feels a sense of alienation because people don’t understand the hardships that he has been through in coming to Australia from war torn Poland. This sense of not belonging can have a great effect on someone’s life, which can lead to them start to believe that no matter where they go they are unwelcomed or unwanted. Peter Skrzynecki feels this sense of alienation due to the lack of understanding from those around him, when he talks about his daily bus trips to and from school he says, “Like a foreign tourist, uncertain of my destination every time I get off”. The use of the simile shows us that because of the lack of understanding within the Australian culture he feels like an outsider no matter where he goes. The use of “Foreign tourist”, tells us that because of the lack of understanding of what immigrants have been through in leaving their home because of the war, Peter Skrzynecki never truly feels as if he belongs within the walls of St Patrick’s College. We can see that from the lack of understanding within the Australian society Skrzynecki feels like an outside due to his Polish heritage this greatly diminishes his sense of belong. Within Peter Skrzynecki’s poem...
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