Bethlem Royal Hospital, aka Bedlam
Read the account of Bedlam found in the following resource, and then answer the questions below.
Henry Mackenzie, The Man of Feeling, Chapter XX
- How does this account of a Bedlam visit differ from the visit made in “The London Spy”?
- Judging from the conductor, what conclusions can you make about the quality of care the residents at Bedlam receive?
- What is significant about the truth behind the notion that “the passions of men are temporary madhouses”?
- What is you impression of the story of the young lady (and her tearful connection with Harley)?
- To what extent do you think society is to blame for the decline of the residents and the chaos of Bedlam?
- What else did you find surprising, insightful, or tragic about Mackenzie’s account of Bedlam?
- If this was the 18th century and you had the chance to visit Bedlam, would you? Why or why not?