Belonging: the Simpsons and Poem Migrant Hostel

Topics: Matt Groening, The Simpsons, Poetry Pages: 4 (1255 words) Published: November 10, 2013
Belonging essay –

(Paraphrase of the question asked). Sometimes a sense of not belonging can be based on issues outside our control. The texts, Peter Skrzynecki immigrant chronicles (Migrant hostel/ Feliks Skrzynecki/ Saint Patricks) express the issues of belonging, alienation and segregation. The related texts, “Bend it like Beckham” directed by Gurinder Chada and “the Simpsons episode summer of 4’2’” directed by Matt Groening, explore the concepts of racism and discrimination and their feeling of not belonging. Through a variety of poetic, visual and film techniques used in the texts stated help the viewer visualise and witness the concept of belonging or not belonging.

One of the poems written by Peter Skrzynecki “Feliks Skrzynecki” effectively highlights how the concept of acceptance can vary from person to person. In the Feliks Skrzynecki poem we learn that Feliks feels he belongs and whereas Peter does not. The simile “loved his garden like an only child” and the hyperbole “Spent years walking its perimeter” conveys Feliks strong connection and sense of belonging with his environment as opposed to the external environment (society). The techniques this highlights that although he is unable to belong with the outside world (due to his past and background) he is able to block out the majority of his surrounding environment and feel as though he belongs.

This is juxtaposed to his son Peter Skrzynecki who feels he does not belong in his father’s environment. The techniques i.e. symbolism “I had forgotten my first polish word” emphasises how segregated and different Peter is as opposed to his father. The technique illustrates that Peter is choosing to be with his own environment rather than his fathers. The metaphor “Further south of Hadrian’s Wall” also re –illustrates his sense of alienation and separation from his background/culture and family. Thus relating to acceptance and how it varies from person to person, Feliks feels as though he belongs...
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