Belonging Essay Peter Skrzynecki

1008 Words Oct 6th, 2012 5 Pages
-Essay: 1300- 1500 words. ‘A sense of belonging is never permanent.’ Discuss in relation to TWO poems and TWO pieces of related texts.
Belonging is having a connection between a place, person or possession. This relationship is based on how one feels about these bonds. Through Peter Skrzynecki’s two poems “Ancestors” and “10 Mary street” we look at how a sense of belonging Is not permanent. Through the use of related texts the understanding of this statement is better gripped. The movie “The Help” written and directed by Tate Taylor, this text includes two worlds that are separated by skin colour brought together by one book. The colourful picture book “Where the wild things are” Written and illustrated in 1963 by Maurice Sendak includes
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This is represented and forcing all of the ideas of his mother and family out and he wants to forget the mishaps that they encounter.
In the Film “The Help” characters also encounter situations that want to be forgotten. During the 1960’s (The time frame which the film was set) people with light skin colour where seen to be in power. Black people were forced to follow under their rules, working for them and catering their every need. Human beings are seen to be equal now but the sets props and costumes created a feeling of historical authenticity. During the movie footage of newscasts from the television were shown from the era creating visual context for the viewer reflection on the time of the era.
“Plenty of black men leave their families behind like trash in a dump, but it’s not something the coloured women do. We’ve got kids to think about.”
This quote entwines the bonds of a family. Minny, the maid who said this, works all day long for $7 a day. Her husband left her and she is raising her kids, who are learning the rules in becoming a maid so they can drop out of school to earn money. This quote represents the commitment that the fathers of her children have. He did not stick around, he Is not there to support the family, Minny new that this was going to happen but she claims that it was in the moment and now she realises that its hard to trust when your scared to loose something. This relates to the question of this essay, as this I long lasting
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