Question: “A sense of belonging requires an understanding of one’s past”. To what extent is this notion of belonging explored in your prescribed text and 1 related text?
Response A sense of belonging can be found in many different places. But for one to belong to self, group or place one must fully understand one’s past. Peter Skrzynecki’s “10 Mary Street” and “Migrant Hostel” are two poems that explore his past, showing his attitudes and his quest to belong. Another text that explores this author’s past is John J. Encarnacao’s short tory “Coming of Age in Australia”. These texts all explore relationships and feelings of cultural isolation. Relationships can be found in all 3 texts. Whether they are in the past or the present, they still form a basis to belong. Skrzynecki’s poem “Migrant Hostel” depicts the ﬁrst place that Skrzynecki arrives in Australia. From the beginning, it can been seen that Skrzynecki belongs to a forever changing group, a group of migrants held in a hostel where “No one kept count - Off all the comings and goings.” These opening lines give a sense of insecurity and instability. However, the “Arrival of newcomers”, shows the positive side of the migrant group, all embracing each other, and belonging to each other. With out this experience, however negative it may seem, Skrzynecki would not have been able to retell this story, his story, and ﬁnd the places, or groups that he belongs to today. Another poem of Skrzynecki’s that explores relationships is “10 Mary Street”. Throughout this poem, the reader watches young Skrzynecki grow up and develop. In the beginning of the poem, Skrzynecki is naive to the world around him, “For nineteen years we departed each morning - Shut the house - Like a well-oiled lock”. He is placed into a routine. He does not know his own way, only to do as he is told. This poem explores the lack of a relationship, this lack that could shape one and possibly damage one’s self. “My Parents watered plants...
‘An individual’s sense of belonging is determined not only by their own choices, but also by the attitudes of others’. Belonging is an individual’s feeling or level of security and comfort relating physically or mentally to one’s social life. The ‘sense of belonging’ to a place, object or person, allows someone to express who they are, not only to themselves, but also to others in a comfortable way that is accepted. The prescribed texts that I have used to identify the power of own choice, attitudes of others and external factors that influence a person’s sense of belonging; include two poems from Peter Skrzynecki’s ‘Immigrant Chronicle’, ‘Migrant Hostel’ and ‘Feliks Skrzynecki’. Another two related texts that I have identified to have significant meaning and relation to the statement, include Ian Kim’s watercolour painting ‘Alienation’ and an anonymous online feature article called ‘The challenge of being a Muslim in post-9/11 America’ from a website called ‘The Guardian’.
Despite an environment which is not conducive to achieving a sense of belonging, some people are able to find contentment and peace with themselves and their surrounds and are thereby able to achieve a sense of belonging. Skrzynecki’s poem “Feliks Skrzynecki” describes Feliks’s confirmed identity and sense of belonging through the abundance of metaphors, similes and emotive...
...HSC: Area of Study
The Area of Study for HSC 2009 - 2012 is Belonging.
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What does belonging mean?
From the Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus:
1 to be rightly put into a particular position or class;
2 fit or be acceptable in a particular place or environment;
3 belong to be a member of;
4 belong to be the property or possession of.
belonging, noun, affiliation, acceptance, association, attachment, integration, closeness, rapport, fellow feeling, fellowship
antonym: alienate, verb
1 cause to feel isolated
2 lose the support or sympathy
Synonyms for alienate, verb, estrange, divide, distance, put at a distance, isolate, cut off, set against, turn away, drive apart, disunite, set at odds/variance, drive a wedge between
From the 2009 - 2012 Prescriptions document:
Context plays a role in the perception of belonging (or not belonging and all the shades in-between):
• personal context refers to those elements that are one's own, individual and private
• cultural context is complex and refers generally to way of life, lifestyle, customs, traditions, heritage, habits - civilisation. More specifically, it refers to intellectual and artistic awareness, education and discernment. Popular culture refers to the Arts, the humanities, intellectual...
...Good morning everybody.
Today I want to talk about the topic belonging.
It is very important for us to have belonging, a sense of belonging can make us feel included and accepted within a social, religious, political, cultural and family. Belonging to a group or community has a significant impact on an individual’s sense of self.
"We don't have a word for the opposite of loneliness, but if we did, I could say that's what I want in life." It is said by a 22-year-old Yale graduate who died in a car accident.
What is the opposite of loneliness? Is it belonging?
Because as humans, we need to belong. To one another, to our friends and families, to our culture and country, to our world.
Belonging is primal, fundamental to our sense of happiness. Our interests, motivation, health and happiness are tied to the feeling that we belong to a greater community that may share common interests and aspirations. That is why we need belonging.
The Pedestrian is a short story about the world in 2053. At night, the street is silent and long and empty. However, the main character Mr. Leonard Mead enjoys walking through the city at about eight o’ clock. He is lonely in this city because he doesn’t have a family, no wife and no children, but I think the most important reason that makes the main character feel alone is "In ten years of walking through the street by night or day, for...
...Belonging can be a possible path to an individual’s self-actualisation. A sense of identity can be identified by belonging or not belonging to a particular group or place. A person can portray different values of belonging through different situations and settings, like in Shakespeare’s period and the period in ‘Fight Club’. Maslow’s Hierarchy of belonging suggests that belonging is one of the basic needs of human existence. All humans aspire to belong but only a few are able to transcend this basic human need and become self-actualised individuals who rise beyond their social expectations and go against the conventions that define them. This is portrayed through the characters in ‘As You like It’ that flee to the Forest of Arden but eventually return because that is where they truly belong. As well as ‘Tyler’ in Fight Club.
Belonging is a possible path to one’s individual self-actualisation, which can be identified via various mediums as witnessed through David Fincher’s Fight Club and Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Maslow’s hierarchy extrapolates the basic fundamentals of belonging suggesting that belonging is ones fundamental need of human existence. This notion is illustrated through Tyler Durden in Fight Club as well as characters in “As You Like It” where individuals strive to transcend the basic human necessity of belonging and...
Change, whether it is present or absent, is universal and an inevitable notion and it can result in positive or negative impacts- depending on the factors stimulating the change. Within the beautifully composed poems by T.S. Eliot, the related text, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, this concept of change is depicted through the use and manipulation of language devices, with the aid of the recurring communal stimulating factors- change in perspective, change in world and change in one’s self.
Through the focus of change in perspective, positive and negative impacts arise from the inevitable change present throughout each text. In The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, the change in perspective is clearly evident. He repeatedly thinks back and forth of whether he should approach the women in the room, or if he should just disregard the thought of socialising and carry on with his lonely life. The repetition of the line “There will be time…” throughout the poem, portrays the hope that change will occur. Although, due to Prufrock’s insecurities he quickly contradicts himself and the hope demolishes. “To wonder, ‘Do I dare?’ and, ‘Do I Dare?’” The repetition and the use of rhetorical questions within this line, illustrates how he is too apprehensive to approach change and is clearly insecure as he has to question himself. However, there is a change in his personal perspective of himself when he starts to retaliate by taking in what the women around him...
The texts I have studied have enhanced my understanding of the concept of belonging in its many forms and types. Belonging is ignited through connections with people, places, groups, communities and the larger world. The poetry by Peter Skrzynecki and the film Submarine by Richard Ayoade show the theme of belonging through unique and specific language techniques and features, such as imagery, repetition and structure, these methods give us an understanding of how a sense of belonging is achieved.
The poems “Migrant Hostel” and “St. Patrick’s College” by Peter Skrzynecki both adequately convey the theme of belonging. The Poem “Migrant Hostel is about the adaptation of immigrants to the Australian way of life. Through imagery it is established that the immigrants never felt like they were settled and they were always moving, unable to establish significant and meaningful connections, they moved like “birds of Passage”, this establishes how the immigrants never gained a sense of belonging as there was a lack of connection made to the new places they were moved to. Skrzynecki expresses though “nationalities sought each other out instinctively” that the immigrants felt sought out these people to whom they felt a connection with, with whom they felt a sense of belonging culturally, and socially. The poem “Migrant Hostel” also depicts hardships and...
...of belonging. The idea that negative interactions between an individual or others is directly related to their limited experience of belonging is extensively explored within Peter Skrzynecki’s St. Patrick’s College and Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, as the protagonists in each text have a limited experience of belonging due to their negative interactions within a group majority.
The idea that negative interactions within a group dynamic can lead to a limited experience of belonging is further explored in Stanley Kubrick’s film, A Clockwork Orange, through the rebellious protagonist Alexander de Large and his inability to belong to society as a whole as a result of the sadistic actions he inflicts on people. The audience is introduced to the protagonist in the opening scene through an intimate close-up shot of his smirking face and piercing blue eyes. He dons one fake eyelash and an elaborate top hat, symbolically the mockery of a civilised society, and it is through this intimate close-up that the audience realises that the character of Alex is i
n fact an evil one. This is further reinforced in his character’s name, “A-lex”, which literally means ‘without law’, showcasing that Alex is a character with a “law unto himself”. This choice of character’s name, coupled with the intimate close-up, demonstrates that he does not care for positive interactions within society and this therefore limits his sense of...
...“A sense of belonging is an instinctive human need in all of us”
Good morning teachers and students,
Finding a place to belong is an integral element of developing one’s identity, sense of self, and enriching relationships, which is therefore critical to all of us.To belong is to fit in or to be accepted into a particular group or environment. In order to belong similarities and connections must be felt within that group. The play ‘Rainbow’s End’ by Jane Harrison, the novel ‘The boy in the Stripped Pyjama’s’ by John Boyne and the film ‘ Little Miss Sunshine’ directed by both Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris all embody the concept of belonging. This is illustrated through the relationship between one’s self and a particular place and one’s family.
Stereotypically the family unit comprises of parents (a mother and a father) and children. This idealised concept is challenged in various texts particularly in ‘Rainbow’s End’ and ‘Little Miss Sunshine’. The concept of family and it’s importance in a sense of belonging is central to the momentum of all three of my texts. In ‘Rainbow’s End’ the Dear family consists of only female relatives,which challenges the idea of a ‘traditional family’. Regardless of the lack of male present within the house or within the action of play, Harrison makes reference to ‘Papa Dear’. These references provide the audience with an insight to the effect these members have on all of the Dear women....