Perceptions Of Belonging And Not Belonging Essay

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Perceptions of belonging and not belonging can be influenced by connections to places, yet people belong to themselves before they do to the world around them; if one doubt’s one’s inner-self, they slowly begin to lose their connections with world around them, and lose sense of belonging. Shakespeare’s Othello and J.R Tolkien’s The Hobbit are two texts in which belonging and its array of meanings for different people leads to a deeper understanding of the intricacy of the concept of belonging and thus individuals can find a true sense of belonging in a range of places, not restricted to relationships.
“One Michael Cassio, a Florentine, A fellow almost damn 'd in a fair wife; That never set a squadron in the field, Nor the division of a battle knows More than a spinster; unless the bookish theoric, Wherein the toged consuls can propose As masterly as he: mere prattle, without practise, Is all his soldiership. But he, sir, had the election: And I, of whom his eyes had seen the proof At Rhodes, at Cyprus and on other grounds Christian and heathen, must be be-lee 'd and calm 'd By debitor and creditor: this counter-caster, He, in good time, must his lieutenant be (1.1.2)” Iago’s world is shaken as Othello chose Michael (“I hate the Moor: And it is thought abroad, that 'twixt my sheets He has done my office: I know not if 't be true; But I, for mere suspicion in that kind, Will do as if for surety.” (1.3.12))
In turn, these events fed the inner anger and jealousy that lie deep…

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