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Makers of Madness A Play in One Act and Three Scenes   By: (1882-1964)

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Makers of Madness A Play in One Act and Three Scenes by Hermann Hagedorn is a thought-provoking and engrossing piece of literature. This play explores the complex themes of mental illness, societal perspectives, and the power of human connection.

Hagedorn's writing style is skillful and captivating, capturing the reader's attention from the very beginning. The play is set in an old, dilapidated asylum, a fitting backdrop that adds to the eerie and unsettling ambiance. The characters are well-developed and their inner struggles are portrayed with depth and sensitivity.

The playwright expertly delves into the often misunderstood and stigmatized topic of mental illness. Through the characters, he highlights the detrimental effects of societal ignorance and prejudice towards those suffering from mental health issues. The audience is given a glimpse into the distorted reality experienced by the characters, creating a sense of empathy and understanding.

One of the most striking aspects of this play is Hagedorn's exploration of the power of human connection. Despite their diverse backgrounds and conditions, the characters find solace and support in each other's company. Their interactions and dialogue reflect the deep longing for understanding and acceptance, reminding us of the fundamental need for human connection and compassion.

Throughout the play, Hagedorn skillfully navigates the thin line between sanity and madness, challenging the reader to question their own perceptions and judgments. He subtly suggests that there may be a fine line separating those labeled as "mad" from the "sane," urging us to rethink how we view and treat those battling mental health conditions.

However, despite its many strengths, Makers of Madness falls short in terms of length. At only one act and three scenes, the play feels somewhat rushed, leaving the reader craving more depth and development of the characters and their stories.

In conclusion, Makers of Madness A Play in One Act and Three Scenes is a thought-provoking and emotionally charged play that delves into the complexities of mental illness and societal attitudes. Hermann Hagedorn's evocative writing style and well-drawn characters make for an engaging reading experience. Although the brevity of the play leaves some room for further exploration, it ultimately succeeds in challenging our understanding of madness and the value of human connection.

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MAKERS OF MADNESS

THE MACMILLAN COMPANY

NEW YORK . BOSTON . CHICAGO . DALLAS ATLANTA . SAN FRANCISCO

MACMILLAN & CO., LIMITED LONDON . BOMBAY . CALCUTTA MELBOURNE

THE MACMILLAN CO. OF CANADA, LTD. TORONTO

MAKERS OF MADNESS

A PLAY IN ONE ACT AND THREE SCENES

BY HERMANN HAGEDORN

AUTHOR OF "FACES IN THE DAWN," ETC.

New York THE MACMILLAN COMPANY 1914

All rights reserved

COPYRIGHT, 1914

BY HERMANN HAGEDORN

Set up and electrotyped. Published November, 1914.

This play has been copyrighted and published simultaneously in the United States and Great Britain. All acting rights, both professional and amateur, are reserved in the United States, Great Britain, and countries of the Copyright Union, by Hermann Hagedorn. Performances forbidden and right of representation reserved. Application for the right of performing this piece must be made to The Macmillan Company. Any piracy or infringement will be prosecuted in accordance with the penalties provided by the United States Statutes:

"Sec. 4966. Any person publicly performing or representing any dramatic or musical composition, for which copyright has been obtained, without the consent of the proprietor of the said dramatic or musical composition, or his heirs or assigns, shall be liable for damages therefor, such damages in all cases to be assessed at such sum, not less than one hundred dollars for the first and fifty dollars for every subsequent performance, as to the Court shall appear to be just... Continue reading book >>




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