Alone. To express such a state in words, you could either use loneliness, which represents the pain of being alone; or you can use solitude, which represents the glory of it. However, in the case of the play Othello by William Shakespeare, being alone can only be a bad thing. Seclusion will result in instability in your behaviour, family and emotions. This play teaches the reader that being isolated puts you in a very volatile environment. Isolation plays a very critical role in emotions and behaviour, supporting the idea that seclusion promotes instability.
Being isolated from others results in behavioural instability. Looking at the play Othello, during one of Iago’s soliloquies, he says ...view middle of the document...
Secondly, Othello could not have murdered Desdemona if there had been anyone else in the room. This is because Othello would hesitate in proceeding with the murder since there are others watching him and they might intervene. This suggests that being alone is dangerous since it allows for a very volatile environment. A real world example of this is seen in a New York Times article stating that a man murders his wife while they were alone at home. Had there been someone else in the house with them, the murder would have not taken place. However, since the husband and wife were isolated, there was instability which lead to violent acts. This concludes that it is not safe to be alone because it can tamper with behaviour. Not only does isolation fluctuate behaviour, it is also a cause for unpredictability within families.
Isolation causes instability within families. When Brabantio says:
Strike on the tinder, ho!
Give me a taper! Call up all my people!
This accident is not unlike my dream.
Belief of it oppresses me already.
Light, I say! light! (Othello, 1.1.139-143) The reader gets an indication as to how Brabantio went from being confident that there is nothing wrong, to being doubtful, just because he was alone due to Desdemona eloping with Othello. This promotes instability within Desdemona’s family because eloping has shocked her family members, much like how anyone eloping today will cause a disturbance in their family. Although the marriage is valid and confirmed, facing your family members after will be a very uncomfortable and unstable experience because the marriage was against their will. In another one of Iago’s soliloquies, he says:
If such tricks as these
strip you out of your lieutenantry, it had been better you
had not kissed your three fingers so oft, which now again
you are most apt to play the sir in. Very good! well kissed!
an excellent curtsy! (Othello, 2.1.168-173)
He says this after Cassio kisses Desdemona’s hand as a sign of respect. However, Iago will alter the story when he tells Othello about Cassio’s actions. This is an example of how isolation generates instability within families; in this case, Desdemona and Othello. If they had been on the same boat, Othello would have noticed Cassio kissing her hand out of respect and not the way Iago makes it seem. However, since he was on another boat, he has no choice but to rely on Iago’s word. This is relevant to families that are geographically separated as they do not have any influence on an issue due to lack of physical presence in the area. Looking at a real world example, the Sri Lankan genocide that was taking place not only affected the local residents of Sri...