Belonging Anne Of Green Gables And Feliks Skrzynecki

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A strong sense of self is not sufficient to assimilate to a particular social environment, as one must also identify strongly with both the people and places within that social environment. While very different texts, both ‘Feliks Skrzynecki’ and ‘Anne of Green Gables’ explore this idea, albeit from different angles.
The poem ‘Feliks Skrzynecki’ highlights Peter Skrzynecki‘s dislocation from both his Polish cultural heritage and the Australian culture he lives in. There is very little mention of Australia or Australian culture throughout this poem. The Skrzynecki family, particularly Feliks, who is the subject of the poem and also Peter’s stepfather, have created a safe environment to exist ...view middle of the document...

Peter clearly has a great level of respect and admiration for his stepfather, seen the fourth stanza, a discussion of Feliks Skrzynecki’s stoicism, ‘I never once heard him complain...’ This stanza also contains another garden metaphor, ‘they dug caner out of his foot’, indicating again the connection the Skrzynecki family have to their garden.
In contrast, Anne the protagonist of Anne of Green Gables, had very little opportunity to form strong connections to people or places, due to the transitory nature of her childhood. This is evident in her delight at the thought of having a home: ‘It’s lovely to be going home and know it’s home…I have never loved any place before. No place ever seemed like home” Anne develops a strong connection with Green Gables, which is shown through the attribution of human traits to the natural features of the property, such as naming trees and flowers, like the geranium she named Bonny. Anne applies her active imagination to the nature surrounding Green Gables, emphasising her emotional attachment through vivid visual imagery,“IMAGERY” This imagery along with the names Anne gives various places (‘Dryad’s Bubble’, ‘The Lake of Shining Waters’) highlights her increasing sense of belonging to Green Gables, much like the garden in ‘Feliks Skrzynecki’ represents a comfortable, safe place.
Due to her previous lack of meaningful relationships, Anne is desperate to form connections with people, as seen when she first meets Matthew Cuthbert and exclaims: ‘it seems so wonderful that I’m going to live with you and belong to you.’ Anne’s fashion concerns form a recurring motif throughout the book, as Anne believes that having more fashionable clothes will help her fit in with her friends. The progression of her clothing follows...

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