Have you ever been in a room packed full of people, yet no matter who's around, you can't shake a feeling of un-ease, or a sense of not belonging? This has probably happened to each of us atleast once before. "Belonging" is usually defined as just generally being accepted, we assume it's a reference to someone being treated differently to others, whether it's for better or worse. But sometimes, it has more to do with the place we are in, rather than the people who are around.
To prove this, I'll be discussing Shakespeare's As You Like It, a romantic comedy set in a ficticious world, where the illustrious Court is supposedly the place to be for educated citizens, and the Forest of Arden, a place of exile, is thought to be harbour to many theives and those discarded from society. The dramatist uses techniques such as imagery, metaphors and dramatic irony to highlight key aspects of belonging and not belonging. In contrast to this text, I'll also examine My Sister's Keeper written by Jodi Picoult, where the sense of place is not physical, but familial. Picoult uses similar techniques to Shakespeare's in As you like it, with imagery and irony used as common themes through-out the text.
As You Like It revolves around Rosalind who's uncle, Duke Frederick banishes several characters from city life in the French Court. But when Rosalind herself is exiled, her cousin Celia declares that she will join Rosalind, and that they must go to the Forest to seek the rightful Duke, Rosalind cries "Alas, what danger will it be to us, maids as we are, to travel forth so far! Beauty provoketh thieves sooner than gold" This is where Shakespeare introduces the reputation of the forest, known as a dark and scary place of banishment and explains Rosalinds sense of obligation to dress as a man and call herself Ganymede, as she feels she must protect herself and her cousin. Throughout the text Shakespeare uses symbolism in many different ways. He commonly uses metaphors or similies...
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