Belonging: Peter Skrzynecki And Related Text: Mending Wall

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When somebody belongs they usually feel accepted and comfortable, yet when somebody does not belong, feelings of detachment and disorientation can occur. The texts Migrant Hostel and 10 Mary street by Peter Skrzynecki from the immigrant chronicles and Mending Wall by Robert Frost, explores how individuals can contain the strength to withstand any challenges that they encounter in their lives. An individual’s identity and self-perception can be created through the process of belonging. Only the individual can determine whether or not they belong and to shape a sense of self in their life.

Migrant Hostel by Peter Skrzynecki demonstrates how individuals may not belong to other cultures. ...view middle of the document...

The responders can see that without the migrants following a pathway, they then have no connections or context to head too, which results in them not being able to belong to a place or culture… LINK

10 Mary Street by Peter Skrzynecki presents a strong connection to the house through the nurturing of the garden. This can be shown through the use of smiles in “roses and camellions like adopted children”. Through the strong connection, a sense of belonging is created as they show their immense love for the garden. The responders may able to see that they care towards their garden as it provides them with a place to belong and feel comfortable… LINK

Similarly 10 Mary Street also creates strong feelings of belonging. This can be depicted through the use of personification in “china blue coat”. This creates a sense of security and warmth within the home. The responders are able to convey that the strong connection is important to these individuals as they feel as though it’s the only place to belong and feel safe… LINK

Skrzynecki presents that barriers can also open new doors. This can be portrayed through the use of symbolism; “the key” is a symbol for the individuals becoming Australian Citizens as they have become “citizens of the soil”, even though this key will open no doors once the house is gone, it was able to provide them with a sense of security and...

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