"Even so it remains true that madness may indeed sometimes depart but never with all his clamorous train. Some of these always remain-the trailers of madness you might call them-to haunt the doorway of the eyes. For how could a man be the same again of whom witnesses from all the lands of Olu and Igbo have once reported that they saw today a fine, hefty man in his prime, stark naked, tearing through the crowds to answer the call of the marketplace?"
Chinua Achebe, The Madman
In a society such as Nigeria, a person who has been deemed to be “mad” can never shake off their mental illness status because of the social consequences that it entails. Even in our own society the social image that we portray is heavily scrutinized and matters in our jobs, school, relationships, and life in general. Today, we know much more information on the various kinds of mental illnesses but that does not mean that we are not susceptible to the thoughts of the people in Achebe’s story by permanently labeling mentally ill people as different or fragile individuals in our society. Mental illness can be cured but because of the misunderstanding or ignorance that society can have, mentally ill people may always carry their disease with them as a reminder that their mind is not as strong as it should be.
"It is true that a child belongs to his father. But when the father beats his child, it seeks sympathy in its mother’s hut. A man belongs to his fatherland when things are good and life is sweet. But when there is sorrow and bitterness, he finds refuge in his motherland. Your mother is there to protect you. She is buried there. And that is why we say that mother is supreme."