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Unformatted text preview: insanity to an illness that could possibly be corrected medicinally. Instead, people just assumed that it was an uncurable condition, and the only way to control it was by “discipline and brutalizing” (75). This treatment, often compared in the chapter to how an animal would be treated, would be unthinkable in today’s society. Containment is one thing; treating insane individuals like wild animals is completely different. It amazes me to think that the only way people believed they could handle this sort of madness was by violence. The comparison of insane humans to untamed beasts seems as if it were a prehistoric assessment, not a comparison which would hold strong even in the 18 th century. “The Insane” is a very informative and interesting chapter in Foucalt’s book....
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course ENGL 101 taught by Professor Sean during the Spring '08 term at Tulane.
- Spring '08