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Other Useful Resources (not my own)
Volpone Study Guide
Lived between 11 June 1572 ­ 6 August 1637
Popularised the comedy of humours (a genre of dramatic comedy that focuses on a character with overriding traits that dominate their personality)
Writing during the reign of James…

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It was a development of the Medieval mystery and morality plays where actors personified human characteristics such as virtue, vice, lechery or
curiosity to illustrate moral lessons.
The English Renaissance writers also reworked classical, traditional and contemporary stories.
Jacobean theatre consisted of revenge plays, tragedies and comedies.
Rich courtiers and…

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The subplot

The subplot of Volpone follows the actions of the Politic Wouldbes. Whilst some critics have questioned the addition of the subplot, Peter
Whalley in 1756 even stating that it was "brought in merely to lengthen out the play" it does appear to have some significance to the main…

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"Oh, thou son of Sol (But brighter than thy father) let me kiss, With adoration, thee, and every relic Of sacred treasure in this blessed
room." At the time of writing religious icons would have been sacred to the audience, so presenting a character who worships to his gold and…

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Jonson's whole play is based on disguise and deception. The `victims' (Corvino, Corbaccio, Voltore and Lady Politic) attempt to deceive Volpone by
feigning interest and worry in the rich man's health, whilst Volpone in turn does the same to them by pretending to be ill with the promise of greater…

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Joan Littlewood, directed the play in 1955 "the greatest comedy ever written"
Volpone: A Critical Guide "an effective means of teaching its audience to behave better, or a cynical denial that art can make any difference in the
world a feast of theatrical energy and pleasure, or a bitter condemnation…




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