Girls, the nature of belonging is complex and abstract and so a true sense of belonging can be found in different circumstances for different people. Many individuals find the strongest sense of belonging through intrinsic factors such as relationships, rather than through extrinsic factors such as social status or nationality. This is due to the fact that by nature relationships fulfil the human need for social interaction and enrich the lives of the persons involved.
| After looking at as you like it compared to the sbs documentary once upon a time in Cabramatta, at first I know you girls would be thinking these two texts are worlds apart. And yes, they are, but what they do have in common is that they both explore the notion of belonging through the importance of relationships and how to find where one truly belongs when all extrinsic factors must be removed
| As you like it is a Shakespearean pastoral comedy, with a strong Elizabethan romance element, targeted at an Elizabethan audience. It explores the concept of belonging through most of the characters. by the end of the text it’s made pretty obvious that belonging and relationships are inextricably linked, whether it be through; brother to brother, master to servant, lover to beloved or friend to friend.
| So girls, is it be fair to say that in order to find a sense of belonging you must first have strong and fulfilling relationships? Yes It would be. So HOW do the characters in as you like it find a sense of belonging? and how does Shakespeare USE the text to emphasise this?
| Well the play begins with the antithesis of love and hate. This introduces the complex concept of belonging framed by filial conflict. This Sibling rivalry between Orlando and Oliver caused by issues of jealousy and inheritance questions the practice of primogeniture. Orlando’s social rejection is reinforced through use of animal imagery equating his status with an “ox” helping the audience explore notions of belonging.
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