Different People Have Different Perceptions of Belonging Speech

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“Different people have different perceptions of belonging” speech
Bridgette Ferrier

Good morning year 12 and thankyou for coming. Today I am here to discuss with you how “different people have different perceptions of belonging” through the analysis of Peter Skrzynecki’s poems ‘Feliks Skrzynecki’ and ‘St Patrick’s College’. As well as my own related texts, My place Episode 2.
So what is belonging? Well perceptions and ideas of belonging or not belonging vary. These perceptions are shaped within personal, cultural, historical and social context. A sense of belonging can emerge from the connections made with people, place, group, communities and the larger world. Within Peter Skrzynecki’s poems, and My Place I will discuss with you
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The Extended metaphor when Peter is rejecting his father and his Polish heritage “Pegging my tents further and further south of Hadrian’s wall” which helps Peter become part of his new country and to find where he belongs. In the last stanza we hear the quote “I forgot my first Polish word”. This quote shows the loss of belonging to his original country and its culture. Felik’s perception of belonging is to be part of both his old Polish culture and parts of his new Australian culture where as Peter belongs neither to his polish heritage nor completely to his new culture.

In “St Patricks College” Peter Skrzynecki paints a rather monotonous, lonely image of his school life. Peter’s perception of his belonging does not change overtime despite having been at the school for eight years. In the first stanza Peter explains the motives for his mother to send him to St Patricks College. “Impressed by the uniforms/ of her employer’s sons’/ Mother enrolled me at St Pat’s” this quote relates back to “keeping up with the Joneses” which in ‘Feliks Skrzynecki’ Peter admires his father for not caring about the standards set by his neighbours.
The details of his peters school life are not anecdotes of belonging but rather reflect Peters lack of a sense of belonging. “Caught the

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