Privacy and Trust

In order for an individual to feel safe they must be obligated to privacy, which means, they should not have to be monitored or observed by other people unless their is proof of someone else’s harm. Privacy makes a person feel comfortable to be in their own skin without having to be pestered.

In the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare, Hamlet’s father’s death and his mother’s quick marriage with his uncle made him very emotional. His feelings made people feel as if he was mad or depressed which ultimately caused people to assume he only used his subconscious mind to act. Hamlet’s emotions made his mother and his uncle and Polonius very anxious to know why he had changed. Gertrude felt that Ophelia’s beauty may be the cause of Hamlet’s madness so Gertrude, Polonius, and Claudius talk Ophelia into talking to Hamlet while the two men watched from a distance. Hamlet knew something fishy was going on so he played along but he was not happy about the fact that his privacy was being invaded.

Whenever I seem a little off my parents turn into detectives. They are frequently asking me questions or asking me why i shut my door. The truth is I like my privacy just as much as they do and even though I live under there roof I still deserve equal rights to privacy. Being pestered about your life is the worst. I don’t share unless I feel it is big enough or important enough to and most of the time they are not things a regular teen would enjoy sharing with their parents. Sometimes it won’t even be a secret, but it is just about the comfort zone because some things are meant to be kept to yourself.

My experience connects to Hamlet’s because sometimes people just can not contain their selves and must always interfere in other individuals’ lives. Privacy just gives an individual their comfort zone and is not meant for poking holes at. You must trust that if their is something important that the individual in need will seek you or someone for help. Also, asking a few times is fine, but asking them multiple times is not okay. If the individual is old enough then mind your own business and they will be able to take care of themselves.

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4 thoughts on “Privacy and Trust

  1. Dear Manisha,

    Thank you for your piece! Privacy was not something I connected to the reason for Hamlet’s emotional state up to this point. However, your personal paragraph was very relatable and allowed me to see your point of view perfectly well. Thank you for the new perspective.

    To improve, I would suggest perhaps ruminating on the topic for a bit longer. You could ask yourself questions like: how does Hamlet use privacy as a mechanism in his pursuit to restore justice, and what does that say about trust? I think that that would made your blog a little more insightful.

    Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this piece, and you invited introspection from your readers – bravo! Thank you for publishing this.

    Riya Rai

  2. Dear Manisha,

    This piece is well written and clearly expresses your opinions on the motif of privacy. I found myself relating to a lot of what you said, in that I also find that my parents to be a bit too over protective for my liking. We should be able to live our lives without having someone constantly looking over our shoulder to judge us. Mistakes are a part of growing up and I feel like by being too over protective, parents are just hindering their child’s chances to succeed in the real world where there is no one to protect them.

    To improve I would suggest adding a couple pictures to your piece along with a bit more depth in your ideas. Your opinions are well structured and valid but are missing 1-2 more sentences to further explain them.

    Overall great piece and I look forward to reading more of your writing!

    Yours Truly

    1. Thanks Madhav for reading my blog and suggesting new ways to improve. I will surely incorporate your ideas next time.

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