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First point about madness

Insight and reason arise from madness


Second point about madness

Human madness mirrors the insanity of society of a whole


Third point about madness

Madness equates to identity loss, revealing the true vulnerability of mankind


Critics/context for reason in madness

The history of the fool; Charles Beauclerk


Link to Oedipus

Oedipus temporary insanity leads him to blind himself...


Quotes for reason in madness

They told me I was everything, tis a lie, I am not ague-proof

They flattered me like a dog, and told me I had the White hairs in my beard 'ere the black ones were there

When we are born we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools

Thou art an O without a figure

I am more than thou art now; I am a fool thou art nothing

After I have cut the egg i'th'middle and eat up the meat, the two crowns of the egg


Examples of human madness mirroring insanity of society

Gloucester's blinding

The joint stool trial

Servant's kindness

Women acting like men, Edmund treated better than edgar


Critics/context for human madness mirroring society's madness

Great chain of being

L.C. Knight

Anna Hermesmann


Link to Oedipus

The insanity of Oedipus' situation reflects the absence of any kind of justice!


Quotes for human madness reflecting society

Pinion him like a thief

Our power shall do a court'sy to our wrath

Hang him instantly
Pinion him like a thief

Robed man of justice/yoke fellow of equity

Loyal and unnatural boy

By the happy hollow of a tree

Marry your manhood, a fool usurps my bed

Tigers, not daughters


examples for madness reflecting loss of human identity

Lear effectively becomes an animal
Edgar has to fake insanity
Animalistic insults


Critics/context for madness leading to identity loss

Madness context

Frank Kermode


Link to Oedipus for madness and identity loss

Oedipus animalistic reactions


Quotes for identity loss and madness

And was thou fain, poor father, to hovel thee with swine and rogues forlorn?

Unaccomodated man is no more than such a poor, bare, forked animal as thou art.

By the happy hollow of a tree, escaped the hunt

Brought near to beast


Examples for reason arising from madness

The fools insight

Lear's madness

NB. The above reflects the chaotic nature of the world!!(link to doubling... Edgar must feign madness to survive)