Belonging Essay

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  • Topic: Culture, Arden, Warwickshire, Plays
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Shakespeare’s AYLI explores the characters struggles and romances that can affect their sense of belonging. A place and characters and their surroundings can often influence a person’s sense of belonging around others. In AYLI, the play is centred on two main locations. One is the Forest of Arden, and the other is the court of Frederick. Both places impact on the characters sense of belonging because of the environment around them. The court of Frederick is a major contributor to places and the concept of belonging. The court of Frederick is seen as unnatural in the play. The unnatural setting of the court gives connotations of evil and darkness. The court is symbolic of the lack of belonging which is felt when the natural order is destroyed and baser instincts conquer positive feelings. In scene three act 2 we see Orlando outside his brother’s house, excluded from belonging. Adam quotes, “this is no place, this house is but butchery; abhor it, fear it, do not enter it”. Shakespeare uses imagery such as “butchery” and “fear” in warning him of the dangers of the house. This displays Orlando’s lack of sense of security in the estate, thus Orlando’s has no sense of belonging in the house. In contrast, the Forest of Arden represents the true belonging of everybody in the play. The setting of the forest is juxtaposed with the setting of act 2. The forest is symbolic of order and harmony. Duke senior tells us in the first lines of scene two “hath not old custom made this life more sweet than that of painted pomp? Are not these woods more free from peril than the envious court?” in these lines Shakespeare juxtaposes the woods with the image of “painted pomp” of the court. The alliteration of the plosive “P” in “painted pomp” unites it with the word “peril” in the next line, characterising the court as a place of danger and falseness. The Forest of Arden, for all characters, gives them a sense of unity and love amongst each other. Thus, the forest displays a wider...
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