Collections: Grade 11-page Pg. 202 -Answers

Analyzing the Text

The main criteria for madness and sense is the Majority, which decides what is mad and what is sane, “’Tis the Majority/In this, as All, prevail.” The speaker is also saying that madness is sanity and vice versa.

Paraphrase: If you agree, you are sane, but if you disagree you will be considered mad and dangerous, perhaps locked away. The diction makes the theme of a majority consensus clear here, as all those that would disagree may find themselves, “handled with a Chain” (8).


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