full title · Volpone, or the Fox: A Comedy
author · Ben Jonson
type of work · Play
genre · Comedy (with tragic undertones)
language · English
time and place written · February and March 1606; London, England
date of first publication · 1607, in quarto form
publisher · William Stansby
narrator · The play has no narrator
climax · Act V, scene xii, when Volpone reveals himself to the Avocatori
protagonist · Volpone (though he disappears in Act IV)
setting (time) · The time of the play's writing, 1606
setting (place) · Venice, Italy
point of view · No narrator, no point of view
falling action · Scene V.xii: the judges sentence Volpone, Corvino, Corbaccio, and Voltore to various punishments.
foreshadowing · Mosca's soliloquy in III.i
tone · Satirical, ironic in the main plot; in the subplot, varying between satirical and farcical
themes · Greed; the power of stagecraft; parasitism
motifs · Disguise, deception and reality; "gulling"; the sacred and the profane
symbols · Venice; animalia
In the final paragraph, when discussing the second court scene, it says
"Mosca pretends to faint and claims to the Senate that he does not know where he is"
However, it is Voltore who does this, not Mosca.
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