Belonging: Perception and St Patrick Essay

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Explore how perceptions of belonging and not belonging can be influenced by connections to places.
In your response, refer to your prescribed text and at least one other related text of your own choosing.
“Home is where the heart is” was quoted by Pliny the Elder and is now used to signify a personal connection to a place and the personal sense of belonging received when at this place. Perceptions are influenced by connections to places and sometimes made by connections and disconnections to places. Looking at Peter Skrzynecki’s poem”10 Mary Street” and “St Patrick’s Day” that are part of the “Immigrant Chronicles” and contrasting them you look upon how the perception of belonging and not belonging is inextricably linked and is
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“We departed each morning; shut the house like a well-oiled lock.” This simile shows a familiar routine that shows stability and a feeling of belonging in a place. They lock the family home as it is a place that brings them together. His connection to this place explores how perceptions are influenced by places in terms of belonging and not belonging.
In “Unsung Ordinary Men” Max Butler spent over three years in horrific prisoner of war camps. These places he spent three years of his life and his connection to these places like the Thai-Burma Railway Camp influences the perception of not belonging. “Some have never fired or held a rifle…it was the same sense of shock spreading through them all.” In literal sense Max Butler his connection to this place perceives our perception of not belonging as his choice of language perceives the implication that he does not belong. Max’s connection to this place influenced a perception of not belonging. Connections to places often influence whether perceptions are of belonging or not belonging. World War One for Max Butler was perceived as not belonging at this stage. This text also deals with the perception of belonging being influenced by place. The use of language is used in this text is important on how perceptions of belonging and not belonging is influenced by connections to places.

“St Patrick’s Day” is a poem related to the Roman Catholic school in Sydney called St
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