Connections To Places

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Explore how perceptions of belonging and not belonging can be influenced by connections to places. In your response, refer to your prescribed text and at least ONE other related text of your own choosing. An individual’s perceptions of belonging and not belonging can be influenced by our connections to places. Our sense of belonging is enhanced by our ability to develop relationships with physical places. However, we also understand that a lack of connection to a physical place can ultimately prevent us from belonging. Thus, the importance of physical places can clearly be seen in Shakespeare’s As You Like It and Penn’s film Into the Wild. Therefore our understanding of ourselves is clearly linked to our physical environment. An individual’s idea’s of belonging are affected by their attachments with different places. In ‘As You Like It’ this is clearly seen through Orlando’s developing relationship with the Forest of Arden. Shakespeare presents the symbolic transformation of Duke Senior as he evolves into the “Robin Hood” of the ‘Forest of Arden’ through his developing relationship with the Forest after he is exiled from the court by Duke Fredrick. This radical change allows the audience see that through connections with our world an individual’s perception of…show more content…
Penn reveals this through a shaking camera and extreme close-up of Chris’ pen writing on a book “happiness is only real when shared”. This shows the audience Chris’ final struggle and change in perspective on belonging as a result of Alaskan adventure as he comes to the realisation that a connection with nature is not enough, relationships and family are also important. Thus, our connections with different places ultimately shape our perceptions of
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