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Text Preview Analyse how any two texts emphasise the difficulties and/ or benefits of belonging to.

The various texts explore the difficulties and inadequent benefits of belonging. The poems “Migrant Hostel” and “St Patrick's College” by Peter Skrzynecki and the related texts The Ride of Zhu Bao Sheng a short story by Nick Long and the novel Stolen by Lucy Christopher effectively portray that being alienated can be the catalyst for a true sense of not belonging. A sense of not belonging can emerge from the dislocation and displacement made with people, places and the larger world this is shown through different narrative feautures and various language techniques.

Migrants and refugees often feel a loss of connection and identity which leads to a lack of belonging. “Migrant Hostel” a poem from Immigrant Chronicle by Peter Skrzynecki depicts the poet and is family and their time they spent two years at Parkes Migrant Hostel after arriving in Australia. The phrase “Like a homing pigeon/circling to get its bearings” is an effective simile. It suggests that they have established a loss of power and that they are unable to have control of their lives, this then creates a sense of isolation. The word “circling” in the simile depicts a feeling of dizziness and dislocation to the migrants. Alliteration was implemented in the poem. It effectively creates a harsh tone sound which emphasises the migrants unhappiness and feeling of dislocation of the place. “By the memories of hungar and hate” implies that they are in a negative environment which acts as a catalyst in a sense of displacement. The metaphor, “A barrier at the main gate” is meant both literally and figuratively, one being the physical gate and the other being that barrier that separates the migrants from the rest of society. This conveys disconnection to both the people and the larger world, it creates a sense of isolation for the migrants, they feel they are unable to get started on the next part of their journey.... Show More

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