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In The Changeling what are the ways in which madness is trivialised?

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Posted January 10, 2012 at 11:03 PM via web

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In The Changeling what are the ways in which madness is trivialised?

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 15, 2012 at 4:46 AM (Answer #1)

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The main scene of Thomas Middleton’s The Changeling in which madness is trivialized is the subplot set in the lunatic asylum that occurs in Act III. In this, one man, Franciscus, conterfeits insanity to gain access to Isabella, and Antonio claims to be a fool. Their feigned madness is framed in comic dialogue. Perhaps the most strike trivialization of madness in the play is the commission to have madmen and fools dance as a form of entertainment for guests at the celebration following the planned marriage of Beatrice and Alonzo. The dance is meant to be a comic spectacle, with the guests finding the insane funny.

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