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Displacement And Changing Relationships Alter The Sense Of Belonging Over Time

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Displacement and changing relationships alter the sense of belonging over time, effecting the characters thoughts and actions. This is clearly represented in the texts “As You like It” by Shakespeare, “Funeral Blues” by W.H. Auden and Lord of the flies by William Golding, where the characters are alienated, isolated, accepted or reconciled due to altering environment and relationships. As the sense of belonging changes over time the
In the poem “Funeral Blues” by W.H. Auden the main character experiences a sense of alienation, and a loss of identity due to an altering relationship and emotional displacement. In the opening line the use of the words cut and stop are short, abrupt sounds, ...view middle of the document...

The hyperbole in the last line is the climax of their alienation, where they are so emotionally displaced a feeling that good can no longer belong arises.
The text Lord of the Flies by William Golding explores the changing sense of belonging bought on when a group of boys are displaced to an unknown island, and a struggle for power results in the exclusion, alienation and attempted homicide of those they once called friends. When the boys first arrive on the island, although they have been displaced to a foreign location, they still belong to the society from which they came, “Roger gathered a handful of stones and began to throw them. Yet there was a space round Henry, perhaps six yards in diameter, into which he dare not throw. Here, invisible yet strong, was the taboo of the old life. Round the squatting child was the protection of parents and school and policemen and the law.” This connection soon deteriorates due to a lack of authority, and results in a struggle for dominance, altering relationship and dividing the boys,” The world, that understandable and lawful world, was slipping away”, ” You're not wanted....on this island!...So don't try it on, you poor misguided boy, or else....we shall do you.”
In the text the idea of alienation is represented through the personification of the dead pigs head, which further detaches Simon from the others, qiubfjsnsiosdhoihd . The personification is symbolic as it highlights the instinctual fear of alienation. The need to belong causes the protagonist to attempt to repair relations in order to re-group, “Piggy and Ralph, under the threat of the sky, found themselves eager to take a place in this demented but partly secure society. They were glad to touch the brown backs of the fence that hemmed in the terror and made it governable.’ Despite the need to belong, the protagonist separates himself from the main group in order to retain his identity, which alienates him from the...

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