Belonging: Peter Skrzynecki Related Text: Shaun Tan's the Arrival

Good morning teachers and fellow classmates, in our area of study we are required to analysis various texts which relate to the concept of belonging...and I have a question for you “If you wake up at a different time, in a different place, could you wake up as a different person?”  
This quote by Chuck Palahniuk (Paula-nick) questions our essential need to belong, what if you suddenly found yourself surrounded by strangers, whispering in an unfamiliar language and surrounded by an alien environment. Belonging is a complex and dynamic process in which we are challenged by constant barriers in order to achieve our intrinsic need to belong. Connections with people, places or groups enable an individual to feel a sense of affiliation, acceptance and association. Ones perception of belonging is shaped by context and situation, this, broadening and deepening their understanding of themselves and the world around them.
Through shared experiences such as the migrant experience in which Peter Skrzynecki’s poems ‘Migrant Hostel’ and ‘Postcard’ explore, it is evident to discover the impact of isolation and exclusion leaves on an individual. Through the use of several effective literary techniques within these poems the audience is able to gain a variety of perspectives on the nature of belonging. Through the use of unique visual techniques within Shaun Tan’s graphic novel ‘The Arrival’ it is similarly conveyed the process as having the ability to evoke ones deepest strengths to overcome the challenges allowing the audience to view the ideas of a sense of home as well as formed   relationships contributing to a sense of kinship.
Belonging is an inherent human condition in which we strive for acceptance and security amongst others. Belonging describes the state when one finally reaches an affinity, whether it is physical, emotional or otherwise, with an entity, which may be a community, place or ideal. In the poem ‘Migrant Hostel’ we are presented with the arrival of...