The comedy’s first scene indicates Volpone’s high status has afforded him identity flexibility. Jonson presents Volpone as a nobleman whose status exempts him from securing his fortune in a less than “noble, valiant, honest…way” (I.i. 27). In particular, Volpone makes a direct connection between class and money by commenting on how others must labor for their wealth, but his status permits him to “glory/More in the cunning purchase of my wealth/Than in the glad possession” (I.i. 30-31). Through this line, Jonson implies that Volpone’s high social rank relieves him of financial anxiety and enables him to engage in elaborate disguises and immoral schemes. Jonson further disp...
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