Discuss the concept of masks in Kahlil Gibran's The Madman.

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Throughout The Madman—a collection of parables and poems—Kahlil Gibran explores the way in which we all too often hide our true selves behind a mask that we present to the world.

In Gibran's reading, the true self is "a human chaos, a nebula of confused elements." That being the case, so many of us find it difficult to handle who and what we truly are. All too often we find that it's so much easier to put on an alternative persona which imposes some measure of order and stability on our interactions with...

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