Belonging Essay

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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
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The idea of white supremacy is contrasted to the fact of a black man getting the head coach position over a white man. This brings forward the idea that we are all equal in this world and belong just as much as the next person, no matter the colour of our skin. At the training camp Coach Boone takes the team to a battle ground that had black and whites fighting on it against each other on it. He gives an inspiring speech including the line “I killed my brother with malice in my heart” to symbolise himself as the black population who were fighting the whites but in fact they are his brothers in this world. It expresses that a sense of belonging to the world should be shared throughout the population and that even though people are different in colour they should be able love one and other as family. He also expresses that a sense of belonging to their country is a right they should all have.825
“As You Like It” also deals with belonging to relationships. This can be seen between Orlando and Rosalind. After first meeting Rosalind, Orlando instantly falls in love. This is shown in the line “What passion hangs these weights upon my tongue?.” This rhetorical questions is a metaphor to show to us that Orlando becomes somewhat speechless or nervousness in Rosalind’s presence as to not do anything to ruin the image she has of him and he is not quite sure what to say because he has not felt this passionate ever before. This shows he has found a sense of

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