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Practice Speech:
Explore how perceptions of Belonging and not belonging can be influenced by connections to places. In your response, refer to prescribed text and ONE other.

Whether or not someone has a strong connection to a place is greatly influenced their own perceptions of belonging. This is seen in ‘As You Like It’ by Duke Senior’s sense of refuge in the Forest of Arden, Duke Fredericks dis-attatchment to others living in the court and Jaques inability to find a sense of self in either the court or the Forest of Arden due to his lack of connection to any certain place.

The perception of belonging that Duke Senior has is refuge and this is influenced by his surprising connection to the Forest of Arden. Given his unfortunate circumstances, he is pleasantly surprised that he has connected so well to a place unexpected. This is shown clearest in Act 2, Scene 1 when Duke Senior claims life in the forest is far superior to life at court in his opening monologue. “Hath not old custom made this life more sweet...”

Is the line used by Duke senior when referring to the Forest being the better option. As Duke Senior continues his speech the language technique personification can be seen in the lines, “Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones, and good in everything.” This line is giving lifelike qualities to inanimate objects to further explain the unusual goodness in the unexpected objects/places and in extent his sense of refuge he has found in the Forest of Arden. This technique is successful because it portrays the idea that even though unfortunate situations can occur which are out of your control if you have a strong perception of belonging it can be transferred no matter where you are, which is what Duke Senior successfully portrays.

The perception of belonging or not belonging in this case that the vindictive Duke Frederick has is dis-attachment due to his non acceptance and mistrust of most people living in the...
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