Volpone Critics Quotes

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1. Volpone “consciously and deliberately” ruins himself to achieve aesthetic effect “material punishment does not matter to Volpone for he had succeeded as an artist and put Mosca, the rival artist, in his place” (he still wins as the master trickster)

  • Alexander Leggatt
  • John J Enck
  • Jonas A Barish
  • Bruce Thomas Boehr
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2. Mosca and Volpone’s asides create a “conspiratorial relationship with the audience”

  • William Hazlitt
  • Sean McEvoy
  • AC Swinburne
  • John Hall

3. Who said "guides not commanders"

  • Richard Barbour
  • Mike Brett
  • Ben Jonson
  • John J Enck

4. The play demonstrates “that a man without a core will be without principle”. Fluidity of identity makes it attractive, but also means that self-identity is lost. If there is no self-identity to uphold then there would be no honour e.g. Corvino. Inde

  • Peter Hyland
  • Bruce Thomas Boehr
  • Sean McEvoy
  • William Dryden

5. Who said A man in business is but a theatrical person, in a manner but personates himself”

  • Bruce Thomas Boehr
  • John Hall
  • Sean McEvoy
  • John Dryden

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