Volpone Critics Quotes

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1. the audience condemns Volpone’s amoral actions but have an “aesthetic appreciation of the entertainment provided by his duplicity”

  • ST Coleridge
  • Robert Adams
  • Mike Brett
  • John J Enck
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2. 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)

  • Bruce Thomas Boehr
  • Alexander Leggatt
  • Jonas A Barish
  • John J Enck

3. The Avoccati wanting Mosca to marry his daughter shows how social roles and family ties are “the product of pure self-interest”

  • Ian Donaldson
  • John J Enck
  • Sean McEvoy
  • Robert Adams

4. Believes that Volpone and Mosca should not have been punished by Jonson’s virtue who “sends off the honest tricksters to a punishment far worse than of their crooked victims”

  • John J Enck
  • WB Yeats
  • Robert Adams
  • Ian Donaldson

5. Volpone’s self-destruction is in line with his “haughty audacity for caprice”

  • Sean McEvoy
  • Alexander Leggatt
  • AC Swinburne
  • Richard Barbour

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