Essay about Belonging

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“A sense of belonging requires an understanding of one’s past.” Although the main aspect of this quote is referring to the past; in other words time, it could also mean features of the past, such as people, places, past experience etc. These aspects of belonging are extensively shown within Peter Skrzynecki’s ‘Immigrant Chronicle’; in particular the poems ‘Feliks Skrzynecki’ and ‘in the folk museum’. Belonging and all of its aspects are also shown through the movie ‘Dead Poets society’ and particularly through the characterisation of Mr Keating and Todd Anderson. Although they all have belonging placed within their storyline; they all have different aspects of connection whether it is positive or negative.
In the poem ‘Feliks
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This poem overall shows how choosing not to co-exist with the society around you does not mean you lose a sense of connection with yourself or your past.

In the poem ‘In the folk museum’ the poet is mainly just visiting the local museum and not really enjoying it. The tone all throughout the poem is mainly dull suggesting he is not really interested at all, also suggesting that he has no connection with the place. If anything throughout the whole poem he emphasizes the boredom and dullness through the lack of descriptive language in stanza 2 where the poet just lists the items he sees. But considering this is a museum and is mainly there to express history, the main reason why he is so bored is because of the fact he cannot connect with this past. He states this in the following quote; “To remind me of the past which isn’t mine.” To also state this fact; in stanza 4 he begins to talk about church’ “In the town hall next door they sing to Christ.” This emphasis his religious culture and the fact he cannot connect with this museum. However even though he can’t connect to the museum; he also emphasis that he doesn’t want to be part of it at all in the following quote; “Would you please sign the Visitors’ Book?” So overall with the quotes and the overall descriptive language of…

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