Belonging Essay Texts

The student who wrote this essay comes from a Cantonese language background. He arrived in Australia in late 2007.

TOPIC: Texts may show us that a sense of belonging can emerge from experiences and notions of identity, relationships, acceptance and understanding.

To what extend do the texts you have studied support this idea?

(2 texts and 1 related texts)

OPENING PARAGRAPHS:

First draft

The idea of belonging represent the important and fundamental value over our lives; are most commonly emerge from experience and notions of identity, relationships, acceptance and understanding. The sense of belonging is extended by the personal aspect in each of the text and is created though various ways throughout the text such as Migrant Hostel and Ancestor by Peter Skrzynecki and Australian by Baz Luhrmann. Each of the texts have a wide range of ideas on how belonging is being conveyed though the experiences and notion of identity, relationships, acceptance and understanding by a variety of literary devices.

Working on the essay

The idea of belonging is an important and fundamental value in our lives. Belonging most commonly emerges from experience and notions of identity, relationships, acceptance and understanding. The sense of belonging is represented in various ways throughout [the]texts such as “Migrant Hostel”and “Ancestor” by Peter Skrzynecki andAustraliadirected byBaz Luhrmann. Each of the texts has a wide range of ideas on how belonging is created though personal experiences and notions of identity, relationships, acceptance and understanding.

Final draft

The idea of belonging is an important and fundamental value in our lives. Belonging most commonly emerges from experience and notions of identity, relationships, acceptance and understanding. The sense of belonging is represented in various ways throughout texts such as “Migrant Hostel”and “Ancestor” by Peter Skrzynecki and Australia directed byBaz Luhrmann. Each of the texts has a wide range of ideas on how belonging is created though personal experiences and notions of identity, relationships, acceptance and understanding.

Read all three stages complete in the following PDF files.

Erratum: In the final draft paragraph 1 on the PDF — “notion of identity…” should be “notions of identity…”

 

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Hsc Belonging -Peter Skrzynecki Essay

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People’s perceptions of belonging can change over time, but this isn’t the case for all. When people experience moments of crisis in their lives they sometimes force a change within themselves and that is what helps them find an individual sense of belonging. This is highlighted in many texts and even composers life works. Texts that support this statement include Peter Skrzynecki’s Immigrant Chronicle poems, of which I have chosen St Patricks College and Feliks Skrzynecki. Skrzynecki’s poetry expresses the difficulties he faces when change doesn’t occur throughout time, as time alone isn’t a factor and that your sense of belonging is something that comes from within, with or without anyone.
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Although for those eight years Peter Skrzynecki was unable to change, at the end of the poem he shows that after everything it was within himself to find his sense of belonging even if he wasn’t motivated by the same reasons that his mother was. Does this then show a change in attitude and understanding by the character?
A link here ... Perceptions of belonging can change and remain constant due to many things; two important causes can include your family and heritage. Feliks Skrzynecki is a poem which highlights Peter Skrzynecki’s admiration of his father but the inability he faced when trying to connect to his heritage. Skrzynecki uses the colloquialism “kept pace with only the Joneses of his own mind’s makings” to metaphorically show how his father hadn’t changed over time and didn’t care to conform to community expectations as he was comfortable in his own surroundings and within his own self. The composer then uses the simile “Loved his garden like an only child” to show his father’s devotion to his home, which establishes a warm, reflective connection. The composer also uses the hyperbole “I often wondered how he existed on five or six hours sleep each night – why his arms didn’t fall off”, which indicates the extent of adoration he held for his father and that he saw him as a very strong figure. However although the poem remains quite positive throughout its entirety, at the end of the 7th Stanza it changes tone

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