Building Communtiy Through Isolation

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Building Community Through Isolation Being alone is not always good for a person. They build longings toward being with others who will share their hopes and dreams. The film, "The Secret Garden" is an example of this. In this film, characters and places were isolated from the rest, this was an assurance that a community was soon to rise up. Spoiled, Mary Lennox, was constantly isolated from her family, as was sickly Colin Craven and a dried up, dead garden that was hidden. Through this obstacle of isolation a community was built.

Always hidden from view and kept from the outside world, was Colin Craven. A child who had spent his whole life without a mother, and abandoned. His father Lord Archibald Craven, seldom visited as Colin reminded him of his lost wife. Colin was sickly from birth. His whole life had been spent pining away, sick, on a bed.

This boy was spoiled rotten to the core, yet somehow he managed to warm up to a young girl who was his cousin. Her name was Mary Lennox. She spent days with him and "Pried out . . . a kinder lord," who had hidden. This proved to be true as Colin really was a kind child though he never realized he had the potential to be caring. Through Colin's strict isolation, he had been pampered, and someone was always there to look after his every whim. He was pampered so much that he never learned how to achieve the jovial task of walking. Being bedridden his whole life, and told he was sick daily made Colin afraid of leaving the company of his warm bed. Through Mary's persistence, Colin stopped being mean and started to believe that he had something to live for after all. The...