Hamlet Another Common Allusion: "Though this be madness, yet there is method in't"

William Shakespeare

Another Common Allusion: "Though this be madness, yet there is method in't"

The number of truisms from Polonius that make their way into modern literature and art cannot be understated.  It is such an irony, mostly because Polonius is definitely the fool of Shakespeare's play.  In this case, there are many indirect references, or allusions, to Shakespeare's Hamlet through the following line:  "Though this be madness, yet there is method in't."  This, of course, comes from the scene where Hamlet successfully "plays" Polonius as the fool by making many vulgar jokes.  Near the end of the conversation between Hamlet and Polonius, Polonius finally gets a clue that he is being made a fool of, at which point Polonius says, "Though this be madness, yet there is method in't."  This line is also the most often misquoted or otherwise jumbled of any common allusion to Hamlet.  Often, readers might hear something like, "there is a method to my madness."  This can mean there is a difference between the appearance of disorder and the reality of order.  This line (and, thus, this allusion) nicely connects to the appearance vs. reality theme.