The concept of belonging deals with not only acceptance but also with dejection and alienation. This concept can influence our belonging to a relationship or place by our background and culture. These ideas are explored through Shakespeare’s play “As You Like IT”, the poem “Villane on a Theme” by George Good and the film “Remember the Titans” directed by Boaz Yakin. By analysing the texts in relation to belonging we see a variety of perceptions to belonging in the means of relationships, family and place. The different contexts in which each text is written explore slightly different ideas that together broaden our understanding on the complexity that is belonging.109
“As You Like IT” explores the idea of belonging to place heavily throughout. This can be seen with Duke Senior and his belonging to the forest. He says “Are not these woods more free from peril than the envious courts?” using personification to give the idea that the court because of its people is envious and untrustworthy while the forest is free from lies and deceit. This sense of belonging can be contrasted to the end assumption of the play that Duke Senior returns to the court, in which according to the divine order of the context of the play is where he truly should belong. This brings forth the idea that where we want to belong may not be where society makes us belong.234 The alienations of oneself to avoid belonging can be viewed in the poem “Villane on a Theme”. In the poem the persona does not belong to any group nor does he want to as he would lose his individuality through conforming. The line “I would not join a club that wanted me” is repeated many times in the poem. This repetition emphasises the idea of rejecting belonging even though society wants you to belong. This expresses that belonging can indeed be a bad thing. The use of dialogue in this first person poem gives a factual, more personal effect as he personally recounts what he said. The line said to Uncle Sam “You don’t...
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