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The texts, As You Like It by Shakespeare and Angelas Ashes directed by Alan Parker communicate the notion of identity and its inextricable connection to belonging

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?Know thy-self? was the essential truth prescribed by the philosopher Socrates. True belonging can only be attained after one has conquered a strong sense of identity and is able to reach self actualization, allowing oneself to embrace who they are. The texts, As You Like It by Shakespeare and Angela?s Ashes directed by Alan Parker communicate the notion of identity and its inextricable connection to belonging. Belonging to a family is an integral part of the human experience, as family relationships form a person?s sense of identity. The environment in which Frankie McCourt was raised had a fundamental impact upon his outlook on life, and his overall sense of identity. ...read more.

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Throughout his childhood Frankie experiences constant disappointments and humiliations created by an alcoholic and irresponsible father and a weak victimized mother, as a result Frankie soon realizes that it is up to him to ensure his own survival. Belonging to a dysfunctional family shapes Frankie?s identity as a survivor, a resourceful child able to adapt to a hostile environment. Equally, in As You Like It, Shakespeare challenges the traditional expectations of family through the portrayal of the dysfunctional relationship between the De Boys brothers Oliver and Orlando. Orlando feels a sense of worthlessness as he states ?I have nothing. ...read more.

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The circumstances of the McCourt family present Frankie with a barrier he must overcome in order to achieve a sense of belonging and fulfill his identity. Alan Parker entwines the symbol of rain and the use of music as a non diagetic sound, to communicate the pathos of his childhood. The use of panning through the Irish countryside whilst raining communicates his sense of isolation. We can interpret the constant rains of Limerick as a metaphor for the drowning ache deep within Frankie to belong and fulfill his identity. Throughout the movie Frankie demonstrates an indomitable will to live in spite of his circumstances. In contrast to As You Like It, the McCourt family do not end up together in harmony with the restoration of values, but separated. ...read more.

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