Volpone | Study Guide

Ben Jonson

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Volpone | Act 3, Scene 8 | Summary

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Mosca enters bleeding, having been stabbed by Bonario as he and Celia escaped. Volpone and Mosca wonder what will happen to them. Fearing the worst, Mosca asks Volpone to kill him. Just then, someone knocks at the door. The men assume it is guards coming to arrest them, but it turns out to be Corbaccio.

Analysis

Celia and Bonario represent religious morality. Just before Volpone leaps upon Celia, she cries out to God to save her. Bonario—whose name literally means goodness—jumps from his hiding place to save Celia—whose name means heaven. The two moral characters escape unscathed, yet their presence reveals Volpone's corruption. Volpone has no qualms about destroying the lives of two blameless people in his quest for power. Nevertheless, Volpone quickly realizes his plan has gone terribly awry. Everything seems out of control, and for the first time, Volpone fears consequences to his terrible actions.

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