Belonging

Peter Skrzynecki:
Culture and place:
As we all know, the culture is the soul of a country, so it is easy to understand the “barriers to belong” comes from the different cultural. In Peter Skrzynecki’s poem "Felix Skrzynecki" , thought Peter Skrzynecki love his father Felix so much, however, Felix seems have a greater sense of belonging which he has achieve through a connection to Poland achieving a contentment "Happy as I have never seen". Peter Skrzynecki cannot share his father's world, just because they belong to different place (culture). Their worlds grow further apart and neither is capable of preventing it. The poet indicates a barrier from the culture between them that cannot be scaled or broken down. It is the idea of separation that demonstrates by using symbolism of "tents" and "Hadrian's Wall". From that we can realize the strength of the connection to Polish culture, heritage and place is really powerful.

Family relationship:
Relationship shapes our identify even when we were child, especially family relationship gives a great influences on people because the parents were the first people we met in this world. In the poem “Feliks Skrzynecki” The composer Skrzynecki has a great sense of belonging with his father Feliks and he utilize descriptive language such as “gentle” and “Alert, brisk and silent” to demonstrate how he loves and admires him. “They dug cancer out of his foot.” The composer uses the word “dug” create a strong feeling of pain which is used happened on his father, this word not only demonstrate how serious and die-hard the canner could be, but also how his father struggling with his disease. However, “his comment was “but I’m alive.” ” The composer use construction to create a image of a tough man and makes the reader believes that he admires his father Feliks as a hero, the great sense of belonging between Skrzynecki and his father is gigantic.

China Coin:
Experience:
When people experience something huge, they will change their world views sometimes. In the novel “The China Coin”, the composer Allan Baillie made a huge confrontation on Leah’s feeling about China. Before she arrived in China, Leah felt she would “be sold into slavery in the lost mountains of China.” The composer uses the exaggeration to show the audience Leah’s antipathy about china. Baillie also always uses emotive language to show that straightly, such as in chapter 2 Leah said “I hate it, I hate China.” Although Leah has strong antipathy about China, after Leah experienced lots of problems and issues, her memories help she establishes a strong connection between her and this land. In chapter 24 of the story, she found the family in China finally and thought “What a great day.” The composer keep using Leah’s monolog to show us, the experience she had was just like a bridge, it linked her past and lead her to a new shore. In the end of story, she started feeling she belonged to this land.

Culture (people):
As we all know, the culture is the soul of a country, so it is easy to understand why Leah thought she was “about to be sold into slavery in the lost mountains of China.” In the , when Leah was arriving China, she could not understand her Mum and felt strong alienation here just because her Mum was a real Chinese and Leah used to live in Australian instead of China. “You’re not Chinese. You don’t even look like them.” The composer keeps using emotive language in Leah’s monolog to reflect the world view inside her heart and show the reader how she not belong to here. Baillie also demonstrates the barriers which comes form the different culture is so powerful, it exist between Leah and her mother Joan, and neither is capable of breaking it even they were mother and daughter. It is the idea of separation that demonstrates by using symbolism of "Chinese Mum". However, her Mum Joan seems like really used to be a Chinese, Baillie made a big construction on Leah and Joan, by that we can clearly see how powerful the culture background influence the sense of belonging.

Family: In film: “Mao’s last dancer”. Lee seems has a great sense of belong to his family in China. The composer Bruce Beresford narrated a story about a Chinese man who is fighting for his art in a different country. Though Lee left his family when he was a child, he never forgets his family. “My Mum earns 5 dollar a months.” “My Mum works very hard.” The composer always put emotive language in the Lee’s immature English speaking and it always start with “My Mum.” Form his behave and the strong emotive modal, the audience can feel a very firm connection between him and his mother. It seems like he can never stop missing and admiring his mother even he already lived in another country. In the end of story, he finally goes back to his home in China and uses his beautiful dancing to express the sense of belonging he has with his family.

Culture (place): In “Mao’s last dancer”, the composer Bruce Beresford uses comparison and juxtaposition to show the audience the huge culture difference between China and America. When the actor was shaping characterization, he used lots of psychological activity. The composer always put close camera shot on Lee’s face, so we can see his facial expression. When Lee and his friend have fun in the pub, his friend said something bad about US government, Lee responds. “You will get in trouble”. The composer uses humor to show us there already has a strong alienation is induced between him and this country.

Experience: We can clearly see that in the film “Mao’s last dancer” by Bruce Beresford. When Lee first set foot on the United States, he was shocked by the strange world he saw. However the experience he had after was completely changed him and he decided to stay in America. “I feel I become free in here.” Form the dialogue Lee said, the composer show us that experience does change his old sense of belonging, and he felt he has a new connection to America and he could achieve more in this country. The experience helps him to refuse Chinese government coercion, and chose to become free in his Ballet dancing. It shapes his identity and changes his world view, making him thinks about whether he belonged or not.http://www.oppapers.com/essays/Belonging/439575

Belonging 7.8 of 10 on the basis of 1298 Review.