What are the interpretations of Khalil Gibran's "The Madman," and how are his thoughts and style highlighted in this work?

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This series of prose-poems or meditations examine what happens when we strip away our masks to stand naked before ourselves and God. Gibran describes this state as one of both freedom and vulnerability.

The pieces are representative of Gibran's style in that they are aphoristic, universal, and philosophical.

An aphorism is a short, pithy statement of wisdom. Gibran is noted for his aphorisms, which is why he is often quoted or used at weddings, funerals, and other public events. An example of aphorism is in "How I Became a Madman:"

those who understand us enslave something in us.

Another example of an aphorism comes in "The Friend," in which he describes what...

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Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on November 5, 2019