Critical Examination of a Passage

  • Michael Stout
Part of the Macmillan Master Guides book series (MMG)


The opening speech of the play is a eulogy — a speech in praise of gold, and it introduces us to Volpone’s personal sphere where the professed standards of civilisation do not apply; it also indicates how we are intended to perceive the central character. The playwright adopts Marlowe’s use of blank verse, written in iambic pentameters, and also his declamatory style as, in ringing lines reminiscent of Barabas’s speeches in the Jew of Malta, Volpone greets the day.


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© Michael Stout 1988

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