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And I have found both freedom and safety in my madness the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood for those who understand us enslave something in us -Gibran Khalil Gibran The Madman Shed your masks show your faces and you will be isolated As the madman rushes into the market place the village folk laugh or shy away in fear and in a damning liberating stroke a youth proclaims He is a madman Exclusion and inclusion become safe-havens prisons executioners and crutches and we clearly hear their echo in the lives of Bartelby the Minister Lenny and the Sculptor Rules guide those who exclude and include and these rules are consistent the ins are always the same and the outs always have something special or different and more importantly from these stories of exclusion and inclusion American society itself can be studied and analyzed The rules that determine who is in and who is out are ingrained in us If it can be said that Man has instincts one of the most base and primal is the ability to discern who does not belong Often someone among a group gives voice to the thoughts and fears of the general populace but this is almost inconsequential as it is already common knowledge before it is spoken Even those who are considered out often know when they do not belong as is evident in the case of Harvey Merrick and the men of Sand City Harve never was much account for anything practical and he shore was never fond of work began the coal-and-lumber dealer Cather That one boy who could not tend the cattle and was not fond of work Harvey Merrick knew from the beginning that he was different In Bartelbys world it is obvious to everyone in the office that Bartelby is different and so he is isolated Sit down Turkey said I and hear what Nippers has to
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