Analysis Of The Poem ' Felicks Skrzynecki ' Essay

1318 Words Mar 7th, 2016 6 Pages
The need to belong is an innate and fundamental process of human existence which can be enriched or limited through an individual’s interactions with others. An individual’s identity is formed by the way they perceive their connections with others and the world around them. Their sense of belonging is also determined not only by their own choice but also by the attitudes of others. Belonging involves a sense of well-being and connection with one’s situation and environment. A sense of belonging can result in contentment and happiness just as not belonging leads to detachment and disengagement. A selection of Peter Skrzynecki’s poems from “Immigrant Chronicle” both confirm the contention that one’s interaction with others and the world around them can impact on an individual’s sense of belonging, and also challenges this view. The challenge is evident in the poem “Felicks Skrzynecki” which is a tribute to Skrzynecki’s stepfather who is a proud Polish, a man who is able to rise above the situation and create his own sense of belonging, who is also very content with what he has and finds comfort in the boundaries of his own garden which he established at a place which is foreign to him. Charlotte Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” explores the perception of belonging through the eyes of a character who did not feel any sense of belonging when she interacted with other individuals and relatives. “St Patricks College” also displays the effect the interaction between individuals can…

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