A Sense of Belonging Comes from Having Connections with People and Places

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A sense of belonging is an essential part of every individual's life. A sense of belonging can be created from having connections with people and places within a personal, cultural, historical and social context. The choice of where to belong and who to belong with changes people's sense of belonging as time passes. The Poetry of Peter Skrzynecki's 'Immigrant Chronicle' and Carson McCullers's novel , "The member of the wedding" demonstrates how a sense of belonging comes from having connections with people and places. " The member of the wedding" discuss the idea that we do not always choose the groups we belong to and sometimes individuals are cast into groups to which they feel little connection. The novel, "the member of the…show more content…
'Feliks Skrzynecki' explores the relationship between the poet and his father, and their contrasting experiences of belonging in a new land. The poem is written from the poet's perspective of his father. In the first two stanzas he sees him from the perspective of a loving son and builds up a positive and respectful image of his father. The emotive word 'gentle' suggests his fond attachment and admiration for his father who has raised him. This admiration was not apparent in his youth as Skrzynecki recognises that there were cultural barriers between them that hampered the father-son relationship. This poem explores Feliks's sense not fully belonging to Australia and his son's growing detachment from their polish heritage. In many ways father and son grow to become strangers to each other, with individual attitudes towards belonging in an Australian context. As they share no common cultural background, the connection and sense of belonging to each other is not complete. Peter does not belong within the Polish culture, nor does he completely identify with Australian culture when he was a young boy and adolescent. He experiences guilt and regret as he cannot share his father's memories and enthusiasm for Poland. From a second generation migrant perspective this poem provides evidence of an ambiguous stance towards belonging that comes
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