"What's madness but nobility of soul at odds with circumstance?"
-Theodore Roethke, page 4
Madness...a truly awkward thing to ponder. Roethke had his odd bouts with madness as a result of his conditions, but what he said makes sense. The world around us dictates the norm and when someone goes against that norm to extremes they are viewed, quite often, as insane, wacky, or simply mad.
Circumstance is the world and its postion. The nobility of the soul is when a person adheres to what he or she believes deep down with an unwavering conviction. When someone's noble soul does not mesh with society's ideas then there is a friction. Strength in number prevails most often, thus, the individual of noble soul will be crushed, at least in the public eye, by society's dictation.