In the novels So Far from God and Guardians by Ana Castillo and Beloved and by Toni Morrison we see how isolation can create a need for community and support from others. Isolation as demonstrated in these texts is something that is not dealt with properly. Getting through a tough situation may be hard, but it does not have to be a solo act. It can be said; a person who feel they need to ‘isolate’ themselves from their community are only going to make their situation worse, and if support from the community is not accepted isolation becomes more of a threat than a danger to the person who is not accepting the help. It can be debated, that La Loca in So Far From God, Sethe in Beloved, and Regina in the Guardians have all demonstrated how isolation can be dangerous for a person should not be taken lightly, and community support should be taken advantage of if offered. Any kind of support given to help a person through a tough time is better than dealing with it alone.
In So far from God isolation becomes a presence in La Loca’s life from the day she was born. La Loca’s isolation is different in a way that she did not allow any type of human contact what so ever. As a child she had a phobia of germs which kept her at home and unable to live a normal life. Because of this, La Loca ultimately chooses to isolate herself as a way to be kept away from people because she thinks they smell and can not stand to be around them.
As La Loca states: “ The occasions when La Loca let people get close to her, when she permitted human contact at all, were few. Only her mother and animals were ever unconditionally allowed to her.” (Castillo 18).
However, I do believe that the families’ choice to use isolation as a tool to keep La Loca from getting harmed is some what misleading. Because if the community had known about La Loca and the tough situation she was in support would have been created in order to help her feel better. But of course, her family felt it was ‘nobody else’s business’ so it is hard to tell if community support would have been accepted or not. If so, would community support have been enough to keep her from dying? Or would she eventually just die because she was so sick. For La Loca it is all about informing the people about certain diseases and how they can affect your body and make you sick. It also about getting rid of any misconceptions people may have about you because you have a certain illness. This is one of the reasons why community support is so important for La Loca because it gives her a chance to clear the air and tell people that she is not crazy or, anything like that she is just different.
In contrast, La Loca choice to shun people was her way of controlling how much of the outside world she saw or wanted to see at one time. By having the ability to control who comes in and who goes out she was able to monitor when she did have visitors. For La Loca I think this was the driving point to the shunning because...