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By Ben Jonson Robert N. Watson | Comments: ( 295 ) | Date: ( Jul 07, 2020 )

Volphone s reverential prayer to his heaps of gold launches the sharpest, funniest play about money and morals in the 17th century a play still wickedly relevant on the same topics four centuries later Ben Jonson s comedy depicts selfishness thinly veiled by sanctimonious speeches, lust and possessiveness poorly disguised as love and marriage, and cynical legalism passiVolphone s reverential prayer to his heaps of gold launches the sharpest, funniest play about money and morals in the 17th century a play still wickedly relevant on the same topics four centuries later Ben Jonson s comedy depicts selfishness thinly veiled by sanctimonious speeches, lust and possessiveness poorly disguised as love and marriage, and cynical legalism passing itself off as pure justice, alongside snobbery, class warfare and greed The wily protagonists keep a dozen conventional plots spinning in the minds of their dupes, and when their amazing juggling act finally unravels, there are yet twists and an even deeper cynicisim to the story The play is partly a beast fable the wily fox, Volpone, plays dead to lure flesh eating birds that he can then consume But the beasts are the human race, and polite society the biggest, greediest scam of them all.This student edition contains a lengthy Introduction with background on the author, date and sources, critical interpretation and stage history.Robert N Watson is Distinguished Professor of English at UCLA His publications include Critical Essays on Ben Jonson as editor and Ben Jonson s Parodic Strategy He also edited the New Mermaids edition of Every Man in His Humour.

  • Title: Volpone
  • Author: Ben Jonson Robert N. Watson
  • ISBN: 9780713654332
  • Page: 177
  • Format: Paperback

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Ben Jonson Robert N. Watson

Benjamin Jonson was an English Renaissance dramatist, poet and actor A contemporary of William Shakespeare, he is best known for his satirical plays, particularly Volpone, The Alchemist, and Bartholomew Fair, which are considered his best, and his lyric poems A man of vast reading and a seemingly insatiable appetite for controversy, Jonson had an unparalleled breadth of influence on Jacobean and Caroline playwrights and poets A house in Dulwich College is named after him.See at enpedia wiki Ben_Jonson

Comments Volpone

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    Volpone or The Foxe: A Comedie, Ben Jonson Volpone is a comedy play by English playwright Ben Jonson first produced in 1605–06, drawing on elements of city comedy and beast fable. A merciless satire of greed and lust, it remains Jonson's most-performed play, and it is ranked among the finest Jacobean era comedies.Volpone, Ben Jonson, Characters: Sir Politic Would-Be, Bonario, Corbaccio, Androgyno, Voltore, Castrone, Lady Would-Be, The Avocatori, Peregrine, Corvino, Nano, Celia, Mosca, VolponeA [...]


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  • Roy Lotz

    Apart from being too long, this is an excellent play. Ben Jonson is sophisticated and erudite, but also bawdy and saucy. An admirable mixture of book-learning and worldly wisdom.Judging from the other responses here, as well as my own, Jonson's most obvious defect is that he doesn't inspire people to write lengthy reviews. He writes expertly, but with a rather obvious purpose; although certainly highly polished, the point is immediately comprehensible. Jonson is, then, like a mother bird feeding [...]

  • David Sarkies

    A 17th Century Guy Ritchie28 May 2017 It took me a while to get around to actually writing a review of this play namely because I wanted to watch it being performed and I discovered this high school performance on Youtube. Okay, while it is a cut down version, the sound is rubbish, and the performance certainly isn’t The Royal Shakespeare Company, it does give you a reasonable idea of what the play is about. Furthermore, if I had children and they were in a similar performance then I would cer [...]

  • Sarah

    Could have been waaaaay shorter!

  • Bruce

    This Jacobean Era comedy by the brilliantly learned and witty Ben Jonson is perhaps the author’s most famous play. It is about a duplicitous miser, Volpone, who pretends (perpetually, if would seem) to be dying so that he can milk potential aspirants to his fortune of their own riches. His deceptions are facilitating by his servant, Mosca. There would seem to be no vileness to which the two of them are unwilling to stoop, and by the play’s end all is righted so that the work may be viewed as [...]

  • Momen ahmadi

    هر کسی به دنبال نداشته هایش است و قدر چیزی که دارد را نمی داندنداشته های قلیل مردم عشق و نداشته های کثیر آنها پول است.اکثریت مردم پول را هدف غایی زندگی خود می داننددر حالی که پول وسیله ای برای رسیدن به هدف است نه خود هدف!مردم امروز،علاقه ای عجیب به پول دارند و در دریای پول و پول پ [...]

  • Hadrian

    Riotous farce about money and greed. Ben Jonson is no Shakespeare, but he has quite a talent.

  • Ela

    Moral of this story:Always have a tortoise shell handy so you can hide from your enemies if the need arises.

  • Michael

    If you've read some of my reviews, you may have picked up on the fact that I love stories that have a large cast of people that don't really seem to be connected as the rising action moves along, but they all end up coming together towards the story's end. A Tale of Two Cities and The Marrow of Tradition are two examples of those kinds of stories. Volpone can also be considered that kind of story. Too bad it was atrocious.The basic plot of this play is a really rich guy who acts like he's dying [...]

  • Diana

    I have to admit that even though I'm a fan of Ben Jonson's poetry I had never even thought of reading one of his plays. I had to read this one for class, and I really enjoyed it. The play takes place in Venice but it is said to allude to what Jonson fears London as a city is becoming.

  • Eric

    "Call forth my dwarf, my eunuch, and my fool"Loving this. The Elizabethans are really the best company.

  • Francisca

    Sadly, this was boring, tedious, and even offensive (particularly towards women). Joking about an attempted rape towards one of the only two female characters (neither of which have an agenda of their own--an inevitable comparison that rises from having recently read both Kyd's and Webster's tragedies) was nowhere near a laughing matter. Silly, silly tragedy. Although it might be a great exercise on cultural change, comparing what entertained people centuries ago and how we are entertained today [...]

  • Nina

    It truly is a Jacobean comedy. The fact that each character has its own passion or obsession, the satire upon them, that bitter humour and last but not least, Jonson's language, make "Volpone" one remarkable piece for the Jacobean age. Yet, it is less violent than Restoration comedies. I liked very much how the falseness of people is revealed in the end of the play, how they all changed themselves and were ready to sacrifice their loved ones for gold, for money. A play that reflects reality.

  • Sarita

    I read summery of the playthis play is very funny and smart

  • Tony

    VOLPONE, or, The Fox. (1605). Ben Jonson. ****. Ben Jonson (1573-1637) was one of the primary playwrights of the Jacobean period in England, and this play is probably his most famous. It’s about time that I finally got around to reading it, although it was certainly covered years ago in a variety of courses covering the literature of that time. The play is, ultimately, one about greed and dishonesty, but told in fable form. The play was mostly written in verse and featured a cast of characters [...]

  • Jesse

    Jonson was perhaps the first (since Shakespeare was somehow not in touch enough) representative of what we generally understand to be that thing we call "English humor"; the quintessence of which may be found in miniature here (from whence it takes off tremendously after Smollett and Fielding a little later translated it into the much more appropriate form and setting of the novel). In Volpone, specifically, we have an example of that really awful guy (since the symbol is a fox, I really couldn' [...]

  • Molly

    I hate Shakespeare.For the whole two years of my literature a-level it was a nightmare. It didn't help that I'd suddenly found myself in this sixth form with kids from private schools, the sort of kids who went to see his plays in London for 'fun' weekend trips and then discuss how great they thought he was in lessons.It was hell.I was the class philistine. I've just never been able to stand any of his work, and for years I just assumed it was because of the language or the style. I figured I si [...]

  • Anna

    I have a deep suspicion that the is a play that should be seen rather than read. It starts with a rather dull prologue in a fairly dense poetic style and which I have to admit, made my heart sink. However, once the play got under way it gathered pace rapidly. I frequently found I had to re-read a scene as I had missed a vital piece of information which explained just why someone's fortunes had changed so suddenly. Volpone and his sidekick(or parasite) Mosca are essentially tricksters, who revel [...]

  • Robert Cohen

    Volpone is a masterpiece. Not in the same way that Shakespeare's Lear or Hamlet or The Tempest are masterpieces. No, it is a masterpiece of low humor, a LOL sort of thing. Think Marx Brothers Animal Crackers or Duck Soup. The Elizabethan period was a golden age of theatre. But as much as I love Shakespeare (and I do, passionately), it's important to recognize the lesser luminaries of the period for what they were, for their originality, their humor, their pilferage of different earlier material [...]

  • David Ruiz

    Overall a great a story. I really enjoy the idea of the whole thing, although I wished it had a better ending. Not that it was not a good one, i just enjoyed Volpones Character. Out of them all, he was my favorite. He was a great con artist and smart thief. I enjoyed his plans behind each disguise. I found that to be comedy, especially how he fools the hunters. I feel his superiority makes him the best character even though some may consider him the bad guy. If this was a movie or matter fact if [...]

  • Ali

    یک کمدی سیاه، حکایت طنزی از طمع و هوا و هوس. این بهترین اثر جونسن و یکی از پر اجراترین کمدی های تاریخ است. ولپن یک جنتلمن ونیزی ست که تمارض می کند در شرف مرگ است تا سه وارثش، ولتور، کورباچیو و کوروینو را فریب دهد. ولپن یک خدمتکار به نام موسکا هم دارد که با کمک به اربابش در پیش بردن [...]

  • Irene

    I had to read Volpone; or, The Fox for an English Literature class - it isn't my obvious choice, I'm not big on reading plays. It took me a bit longer to read it than I intended but I found the beginning tedious and slow, full of lengthy lines and speeches that didn't get me anywhere. But things changed as I read along and yesterday, some 60 pages before the end, I couldn't put it down. It was actually funny and I totally understood why it is called a satirical comedy. Volpone and his servant Mo [...]

  • J.I.

    Amusing, and a thoughtful satire on greed and the use of deception, the only reason that this play falls a bit flat is that Jonson lacks the kind of witty repartee that made Shakespeare, one of Jonson's contemporaries, shine so brightly. Instead of a bunch of witty badinage, in which characters dual with each other to try and best their intelligence, we are largely treated to long-ish monologues in which one character or another (mostly the title character) expound on their idea at sometimes ted [...]

  • Yara (The Narratologist)

    The thing about early modern satire is that it really isn't very subtle. Ben Jonson's characters are all personifications of follies and vices, so they lack depth. Then again, they were never meant to be complex, they just serve to make a point. Volpone can be laugh-out-loud funny at times, but it's just not my cup of tea. It's too mean-spirited, there's no emotion, no subtlety, and the levity with which the near rape of Celia is discussed made me very uncomfortable.The play makes sense in its h [...]

  • Moira Russell

    This is SO. HILARIOUS. Seriously. It is just about a perfect comedy (my other perfect comedy is Wilde's Earnest). (And maybe Le bourgeois gentilhomme, because even when I was grinding away doing my daily 30 lines or so at SJC usually at three in the morning, with little French and less hope, Moliere would still make me crack up.)

  • abhishekChakraborty

    I find it rather off putting, most of the comic scenes seemed forced and unlike Shakespearean comedy its not the type of comedy u can categorize as "LMAO', tedious,wearisome, dry,preachy to some extent, and most of the characters (Except Mosca) seemed flat

  • Ashley

    There's nothing really wrong with this play, but there's nothing really likable about it either.

  • sologdin

    rich loser and attempted rapist snares wannabe rich losers and sly servant in complicated fake death will trick.

  • Chad

    Interesting play with colorful use of characters and nomenclature.

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