Lycanthropia


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Ly`can`thro´pi`a


n.1.See Lycanthropy, 2.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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However, since werewolves play the villain in many stories, Maia is right to expect prejudice even if lycanthropia is "only" a contagious disease caused by demons.
Ferdinand's refusal to accept that the Duchess will not act exactly in accordance with his wishes prompts him to arrange her murder, and his inability to cope with the fact that he caused her death but still lives on ultimately leads to his own descent into lycanthropia. Broadly speaking, then, twins in early modern comedy seem to be represented as too alike, but in tragedy the problem is that they are not like enough.
To Ellmann, this animal face suggests Lycanthropia, for to Ellmann, the "animal" must be a wolf, to chime with Virginia's married name, a fanciful reading to go with the idea of Woolf as a dog.
This animal has been glossed in terms of a superstition believed by Duke Ferdinand, whose guilt for the death of his sister in The Duchess of Malfi causes lycanthropia: 'The wolf shall find her grave, and scrape it up: | Not to devour the corpse, but to discover | The horrid murder' (IV.2.309-11).