Compare and Contrast Between Ben Jonson´s the Alchemist and Volpone

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Among the Jacobean and Elizabethan dramatists, Ben Jonson's reputation always came second to that of Shakespeare. He was Stuart dramatist from England, literary critic and lyric poet. Ben was born in 11th June 1572 in London after his father death two months earlier. He became a playwright and an actor after fighting alongside the England army in Netherlands. Among his greatest works and play are the Alchemist and Volpone. The paper compares and contrast the two these two great plays by Ben; the Alchemist and Volpone, giving an insight of the mind and ideas of Ben, some which cut across most of his works. Generally, plays by Ben were not received well by the audience and had many critics, but Volpone and Alchemist seems to have been popular than the rest, probably because of the topic. Alchemist remains to be one of Jonson’s popular comedies. Swindling or coy-catching was common in the seventeenth century. Swindle or coy is an acquainted theme that Ben found to be comedy natural topic. The play is informed by Ben’s wide-ranging reading and learning. To a modern audience, the play se...

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