Maddness and sanity are seen to be universally known opposites. They are as different as two things can get. They are generally seen to be balancing forces such as light vs. Dark, yin vs. Yang, and so on. In the Baccae, Pentheus represents sanity, while Dionysus represents maddness. However, Euriprides portrays the struggle between maddness and sanity as one sided, rather than an even battle. Through out The Baccae, Euriprides hints at maddness being the ultimately dominant force in the battle between the two. Various events in the Baccae show that Euriprides believes that the battle between sanity and maddness is always in favor of the side of maddness, showing that maddness will always win in the end. In the Baccae, the seer Tiresias chastises Pentheus for not honoring Dionysus. Pentheus has been arguing that all the new god's rituals are crazy, and he does not want them allowed in his city, to which Tiresias responds; "There is no cure for madness when the cure itself is mad." (22). Tiresias is trying to tell Pentheus that him that denying the madness that Dionysus brings is itself a crazy idea. Pentheus represents sanity and order, and he is trying to keep his city from falling into the hands of the maddness that follows Dionysus. But no matter how hard he tries, the struggle is between a god and a mortal. There is no way for Pentheus to win. This is Euripides showing that it is basically futile to fight maddness, and that ultimately, we have no choice in the matter. Maddness is so dominant over sanity, that we it is a waste of effort, and things would be much easier if we simply succumbed to maddness. Speculating on the effect that Dionysus has brought with his presence, Pentheus says; "So, like a wildfire it already hurries here, outrageously, this mass hysteria, disgracing us before the whole of Thebes." (121) No matter how much Pentheus did to prevent madness from enveloping his city and his entire life, the power of madness is just too strong.
In her memoir, “Madness“, Marya Hornbacher takes the reader on a journey of her life with Type I rapid cycle bipolar disorder. She explains the disorder as “when you are mad, mad like this, you don’t know it. Reality is what you see. When what you see shifts, departing from anyone else’s reality, it’s still reality to you” (Hornbacher, page 118).
Marya Hornbacher has experienced almost every possible disorder. By the time she reached her teenage years , she had already battled….
good natured people into becoming insane. Iago, the puppet master, creates madness throughout the entire novel. He convicted many persuasive scandals in order to satisfy no one but himself. Madness, Manipulation, and Mendacious are some qualities to describe the main antagonist, Iago, in the play “Othello,” by William Shakespeare. Iagos madness plays a very important role in this play, in fact if it weren’t for Iago’s madness and manipulations the play wouldn’t even have a plot. In this play, Othello….
February 17, 2012
A Taste Of Madness
In the play known as Hamlet, written by William Shakespeare, the sane Hamlet
occasionally switches between a state of sanity and insanity. When madness
complements Hamlet's purpose, he puts on an act of extravagance. On the other
hand, when sanity proves acceptable, Hamlet returns to his normal, logical self. Hamlet
claims he is "mad north-north-west" (II.ii.376), meaning his sanity is uncontrollable….
Madness in Hamlet
The theme of madness in Hamlet has been a widely popular topic in the discussion of the play by both critics and readers alike. Prince Hamlet, in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, is not mad, in terms of sanity. However, he is very mad, in terms of anger, at many of the people that surround him. Hamlet is mainly mad at Gertrude her mother and, most of all Claudius. Although he is extremely angry with Claudius and his own whole situation of his father being murdered;….
her. Used bythe King, her father and brother, and abandoned by Hamlet; these externalpressures combine to cause Ophelia 's bizarre madness and, ultimately, hersuicide. However, to win favorwith Claudius he uses her to spy on Hamlet so she can report his every wordor deed to him. Hefeigns madness and acts extremely cold and harsh with Ophelia. "Reading Ophelia 's Madness." In Patrick Cheney, ed. The death of her father atthe hands of the man she loves, complete rejection by the man she loves andthe….
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Hamlet-Melancholy, Madness and Sanity
Hamlet, a play by William Shakespeare, is as much a mystery as a tale about depression, madness and sanity. Shakespeare reveals how the scourge of corruption and decay rapidly spread; and the emotional consequences that follow. Insanity, madness and depression are as intolerable as corruption and deceit; and just as intertwined. The play makes one ponder if it is possible to be sane in an insane world full of treachery….
Madness: Inside and Out. Ms. Ayala. What is the line between sanity and derangement? Why does insanity fascinate and repel us? And what is the reality behind our conceptions of madness? The purpose of this course is to dig deeper into these questions, and seeks to raise new ones, as we take a multifaceted look at madness.
We will start the year through the lense of popular culture by analyzing specific characters in widely viewed films. These will include the classic movies Psycho (1960) and the….
resentful of his mother for marrying his uncle only two months after his father’s death. Hamlet is the tragic hero in the play and is one of the most complicated characters. Hamlet acts from one extreme to another and fakes madness so nobody can predict his actions. Hamlet fakes madness to the point where one can no longer tell if he is faking or actually going mad. He has tragic flaws because he is so indecisive with the actions that he wants to take to achieve revenge. Hamlet spends the entire play….
Lemuel Gulliver’s Madness
Despite the fact that Gulliver is a striking explorer who visits a perplexing number of interesting terrains, it is challenging to see him as positively heroic and stable. Indeed, well after his slide into cynicism at the end of the book, he essentially does not indicate the stuff of which fabulous heroes are made. Furthermore, the segregation from mankind that he perseveres for sixteen years must be tricky to endure, and results in a drastic change in mental stability….
Hamlet is a piece of literature that transcends time. Pieces that have this kind of status survive because of the themes they yield. Revenge, death, and madness are three overarching subjects that have helped Hamlet stay relevant as time progresses.
Revenge is introduced to the reader in the very first act of Hamlet. As Hamlet Jr. is conversing with the ghost of his father, the ghost tells Hamlet, “Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder.” For the next four acts, the plot revolves around Hamlet….