The, As You Like It, And Khaled Hosseini 's The Kite Runner

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Maslow’s hierarchy of needs depicts the instinctive desire for human kind to be a part of a community. This natural yearning for inclusion, to belong, is only surpassed by the physiological need for food, sex, sleep, shelter and safety. A person’s sense of belonging is undoubtedly linked to their connections with not only people, but places, groups, communities, and the larger world. These connections help to develop a sense of affinity to a person’s surroundings, thus strengthening both one’s sense of belonging, and sense of self. Both William Shakespeare’s comedy, As You Like It, and Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, explore the concept of belonging and it’s varying aspects based on different social contexts, the perspectives of belonging being shaped by personal context, and the importance of family orientated relationships in developing one’s sense of identity. These concepts also help to develop a sense of affinity to a person’s surroundings, strengthening both one’s sense of belonging, and sense of self. These connections with our surroundings, paired with the relationships we hold with those important to us, are undeniably bound to our sense of belonging, which is so imperative to human life. The notion of belonging and its varying aspects based on different social contexts is explored in depth throughout both of these texts. That is, whether orr not one belongs is often dependant on society’s opinion of belonging. The Kite Runner explores this through Hassan’s
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