Belonging: The Person's Connection To Society

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Belonging is a basic need of a human. A sense of belonging of a person shows the connection of that person to a place, people and communities. The person’s identity and personality, therefore, is influenced by their sense of belonging. Skrzynecki has explored that a person’s personality and identity can be shaped by making own choices. The poet has “St. Patrick’s College” as an example of how choosing not to belong can affect one’s personality and identity. Skrzynecki also uses “10 Mary Street” to express that choosing to belong to his house can do the same thing. One of the best books from Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling, “The Deathly Hallows”, also hyperbolises this ...view middle of the document...

This reference of time stresses the length of stay at a place where he doesn’t feel belonging. “Like a foreign tourist,” simile has been used to state the fact that he feels like a stranger to the school even though he has been there for a long time, the fact that he is not a part of this school for even one day. The last stanza is where more positive tones are used. The reason for that is because Skrzynecki can finally leave this school and live his own life. However, negative image still appears through this stanza when he says:

”Our Lady still watching
Above, unchanged by eight years’ weather.”
This personification and metaphor are used to punctuate that the poet’s emotions towards the school are still the same as the first day he came to “St. Pat’s”, the fact that he didn’t get any education but all he got was religion. Towards the end of the poem, metaphor is one again used when Skrzynecki expresses his feeling when he’s leaving St. Patrick’s College:
“That the darkness around me
Wasn’t ‘for the best’
Before I let my life shine”
St. Patrick’s College is described as the darkness that prevents Skrzynecki from shining his own “life”. For eight years, he has to put up with all the religion that he can never understand and there’s not even one day that he feels a sense of belonging there. He couldn’t find any sense of belonging in this place and he created his own personality in a different way the school want him to be. His choice of not belonging is shown clearly with the fact that he wants education, not religion
If “St. Patrick’s College” emphasises how Skrzynecki chooses not to belong, “10 Mary Street” is a perfect example of how his identity is shaped by his choice to belong to the house. With the use of different language techniques such as simile, descriptive and inclusive language and imagery, the poet’s house has become closer and closer to the readers. An image of a place where Skrzynecki and his family called home “for nineteen years” through the use of descriptive words:
“Under the rusty bucket:”
This creates a vivid image and shows Skrzynecki’s familiarity with the family home. The simile “Like a well-oiled lock evokes a comforting image of trouble free family. The “lock and key” imagery emphasises the sense of family in this “family home”. Assonance and colloquial language are used to reinforce the everyday nature of family’s routine. This causes the many effects to the readers as it creates an everyday life’s picture.
During the second stanza, the garden from “Feliks Skrzynecki” is mentioned as the poet presents:
“Tended roses and camellias
Like adopted children”
The garden imagery is used to depict the positive quality of his home life. He’s re-stating to the image of his father’s “children” in “Feliks Skrzynecki”. Skrzynecki describes himself as “a hungry bird” to reinforce...

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