Belonging - Hsc 2010

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The consideration of Peter Skrzynecki’s ‘Immigrant Chronicles’, William Golding’s ‘Lord of the Flies’ and Matt Ottley’s ‘Requiem for a Beast’ has allowed me to explore the diversity of representations of belonging. My basic understanding developed from viewing belonging as an intrinsic feeling of safety and acceptance within the relationships of an exclusive community. However as we began to analyse Skrzynecki’s anthology and also reflect upon society’s connotations of belonging and simultaneously not belonging, my personal understanding began to evolve. The contemplation of Skrzynecki and my related texts has led me to believe belonging is an intrinsic human need valued for the stability, sense of community, and acceptance found in…show more content…
Matt Ottley’s Requiem for a Beast explores belonging through a combination of genres; conventional prose text, a graphic novel and also a combination of Aboriginal and Latin music. A graphic sequence introduces ‘Requiem’ with simple, colloquial language coinciding in tone with increasing darkness of image and music. The loss of belonging, of culture is signified in the words of an Aboriginal elder; “I’m supposed to be a fully initiated woman, but that knowledge, that memory is gone” The theme of xenophobia and the related themes of isolation, loss of identity and fear are made evident through the elder’s story “When many of the people went back to their families – those that could find them – they felt alienated.” Similar to both Golding’s Lord of the Flies and Skrzynecki’s anthology, the separation from the land, their families and the culture removed the stolen children’s connection to life and questioned their identity. The themes of belonging and the “darkness of those years” are reflected in black prose on a white page along with fragmented and shattered images. The main narrative follows a young stockman struggling with his past, his identity and consumed by the story of the Stolen Generations, as he follows the bull “deeper into the day and deeper into himself”. The prose and images rapidly become surreal, dreamlike as his search for identity draws parallels to the Aboriginal search for cultural

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