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Belonging Shakespeares As You Like It And Tim Wintons Cloudstreet

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An individual’s placement within the world creates a powerful formative influence over one’s sense of belonging. Characters experience a level of acceptance and security through their relationships with each other under the influence of their physical surroundings. William Shakespeare’s As You Like It and Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet explore the sense of belonging that develops through familial relationships. Both composers analyse how place can nurture or destroy those affiliations.
Places are perhaps most important in shaping the characters sense of belonging or displacement. The worlds of court and countryside are discordant for the court promotes rivalry and disarray; the forest of Arden ...view middle of the document...

It is surely love, more than anything else, which leads to a strong sense of belonging whether that love is for people or places. By exaggerating some views of love, Shakespeare positions the audience to recognise that new surroundings, experiences and companions stimulate open-mindedness amongst the characters. Satire of courtly love is apparent in the image of Orlando running round the forest pinning up his verses in praise of Rosalind Act 3, Scene 2 “run, run, Orlando, Carve on every tree, the fair, the chaste and unexpressive she.” Being ridiculed here emphasises his love in extravagant ways.
For an individual to belong an element of compromise is crucial, this is evident in the play. The relationship between Rosalind and Celia is harmonious and there is a symbiosis within their relationship. When Rosalind is banished, Celia says, “Do not seek to take your changes upon you, to bear your grief’s yourself and leave me out.” This explores the idea that in belonging to a friendship there must be equilibrium in the responses of each party.
In contrast many relationships begin in disharmony and there is an imbalance of reciprocation. Winton...

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