Volpone Critics Quotes

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1. 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”

  • Ian Donaldson
  • Robert Adams
  • WB Yeats
  • John J Enck
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2. "“just as a raven does not provide for its young is not fulfilling the role of nature”

  • John Dryden
  • Mike Brett
  • Michael Williams
  • John Wheeler

3. Volpone’s historonic energy is actually a mask from the emptiness of his life since he is trapped in his house and body because of his feigned illness. Stopping at Act 4 would mean his “final silence” and so his “urge for pleasure” becomes “desperate

  • Peter Hyland
  • Alexander Leggatt
  • Mike Brett
  • Sean McEvoy

4. Mosca and Volpone’s asides create a “conspiratorial relationship with the audience”

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

5. debasement of religious imagery by associating it with mercenary society. Calls the first scene a “parody of prayer”

  • Sean McEvoy
  • Edward B Partridge
  • Anne Barton
  • Jonas A Barish


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