bedlamite


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an archaic term for a lunatic

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17) Indeed, Edgar's self-abnegation is disproportionate, and his behavior manifestly in excess of his double role as Tom Fool and Bedlamite.
For the over-elaboration of the Bedlamite type, see Gamini Salgado, The Elizabethan Underworld (London: JM Dents and Sons, 1977), 197.
The audience is spared his tyrannical cruelty, which a contemporary critic complained "show[ed] his majesty to be little better than a bedlamite," and is presented "the warmer and more affecting" image of his psychic recovery (Vickers 6: 97).
I was sorely tempted to stick his head in the food blender but then I thought, hold on, this bedlamite could win the BBC's Mini Mac competition.
Almost at once He stepped to the sill himself, his jacket flared And fluttered up from his shirt as he came down, Air filling up the legs of his gray trousers-- Like Hart Crane's Bedlamite, "shrill shirt ballooning.
made Othello resemble a mad natural fool or Bedlamite, and thus would
The author argues that the main source of this belief is the Bedlamites that first appear "in five Jacobean plays" (167) that present spectators visiting Bethlem Hospital, or using asylums for the insane, for amusement.
She finds that while Bedlamites onstage in such plays as The Honest Whore, Northward Ho, and The Changeling were caricatured and turned into theatrical spectacles, the hospital's own practices were more humane and did not stigmatize the mad as radically different from the healthy.
Thou boast'st thy sober sense in vain; In these poor bedlamites thyself survey Thyself less innocently mad than they (Fitzgerald).
Jackson sheds new light on Webster's Bedlamites, traditionally dismissed by critics as "exploitations of dramatic convention," "stock card-board figures," and "thoughtless [and] disturbing mechanical[s].
These seventeen comic caricatures confute [common scholarly] assumptions of hordes of Bedlamites on stage and [Duncan] Salkeld's claim that these texts specialize in the 'confinement of women'" (187).