Belonging Essay 2010 Hsc- as You Like It Only

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‘An Individual’s interaction with others and the world around them can enrich or limit their experience of belonging.’ Discuss this view with detailed reference to your prescribed text. An individual’s sense of belonging is a complex notion which can be both enhanced or hampered by external influences. Personal relationships and social influences can contribute greatly to a person’s sense of belonging or, alternately, a person’s sense of alienation. William Shakespeare’s As You Like It addresses these ideas by demonstrating the various affects that place and relationship can have on the development of a person’s identity. Through Shakespeare’s dramatic text; he presents varied use of language and literary technique. This enables the audience to explore the various levels of belonging and the way in which relationships between characters and place improve and restrict a person’s perception of belonging. Individuals are able to establish their own sense of belonging through their intricate connections with other people. Their need to belong is enriched by compatible persons who accept and cherish their partner in a way which fulfils their need to belong and develops a sense of security and trust. The closest personal bond presented in As You Like It is the connection between Celia and Rosalind. The two cousins share a love which is ‘dearer than the bond of natural sisters’ and through their closeness, they are able to identify deeply with one another in both the court and pastoral settings presented in the play. This unbreakable bond is best represented when Rosalind is unexplainably banished from the court. While Rosalind is forced into exile from the home where she once belonged, Celia makes a deliberate choice to go with Rosalind, and revoke her sense of belonging to the court and her tyrant father. Celia places infinite value on this relationship, and openly declares that she ’cannot live without [Rosalind’s] company’. Celia’s very sense of existence is...
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