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Volpone | Study Guide

Ben Jonson

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Volpone | Act 2, Scene 4 | Summary

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Summary

Back at home, a heartsick Volpone claims to have been "wounded" by the "blows" of an "angry Cupid," and that he has fallen in love with Celia. He feels he cannot live without her. Mosca promises Volpone a "release of torment," to which Volpone hastily offers his wealth to be used at Mosca's discretion.

Analysis

Although Volpone barely glanced at Celia through the window, he claims to be irrevocably in love with her. This reaction highlights Volpone's impulsive, selfish nature. As soon as he sees her, he alters his conniving plans as she becomes a prize more interesting to him than gold. Despite his obsession with money, Volpone flippantly tells Mosca to use whatever he wants to ensure he obtains Celia. Through statements such as these, the audience realizes Volpone actually desires power over others more than money, casting him closer to evil Corvino's character than the rest.

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