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Volpone | Study Guide

Ben Jonson

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Volpone | Act 5, Scene 7 | Summary



Volpone next bumps into Voltore, whom he treats in the same mocking way as Corvino and Corbaccio. Volpone expresses outrage at being bested by a "parasite" like Mosca. Volpone pretends to have learned of Voltore inheriting Volpone's fortune, and even asks if he can rent one of the homes Voltore inherited. Confused, Voltore leaves.


Voltore's outrage about being tricked by a "parasite" deepens the message of the animal fable. A vulture and a parasite are actually similar in that they feast on other animals to survive. The difference, of course, is that a parasite feeds off a living host, while a vulture waits until the animal has died. This mirrors Voltore and Mosca's relationship with Volpone, and Voltore seems to realize he made a terrible mistake.

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