As Aristotle said, “the impulse to form partnership of this kind is present in all men by nature”. Therefore our need to belong and be socially acceptable is inherent, an intuitive sense we can feel before we have the words to describe it. But as we belong to a group, we are also isolating ourselves from other groups. And this sense is not set; it can shift and change as much as our lives do. While we can choose not to belong, or are forced, negative emotions often follow for it is not the natural state to not be accepted. The sense of not belonging can have a powerful effect. Examples of belonging can be found in almost all texts, from Shakespeare to the movie The Rabbit Proof Fence and even lyrics.
Belonging is prevalent in Shakespeare’s As You Like from when the play opens at court, where we are introduced to the characters, until the final pages. The first dispute that arises is in regards to belonging to family. A young man named Orlando says that his older sibling, “…bars me the place of a brother…” (Act 1, scene 1, line 14). And then at court he is told by the Duke, “I would thou hadst been son to some man else,” (Act 1, scene 2, line 181).