A 17th Century Guy Ritchie 28 May It took me a while to get around to actually writing a review of this play namely because I wanted to watch it being performed and I discovered this high school performance on Youtube. Furthermore, if I had children and they were in a similar performance then I would certa A 17th Century Guy Ritchie 28 May It took me a while to get around to actually writing a review of this play namely because I wanted to watch it being performed and I discovered this high school performance on Youtube. Furthermore, if I had children and they were in a similar performance then I would certainly be watching it, and giving them an applause afterwards.
This same society and its stereotypes of women have proven to be a hindrance to accomplishing this lofty goal.
These stereotypes prevailed in renaissance England and flourished in many of the female characters in the literature. She does not speak but simply observes Volpone from her window, dropping her handkerchief to show her interest.
This scene of Volpone down below on the street and Celia leaning out her window from above is reminiscent of the romantic stories of a lady-in-waiting being wooed by the gracious knight.
Celia shows an innocence and naivety that proves endearing and repulsive at the same time. Women in volpone women had limited rights at this time, her lack of self-esteem feeds the stereotype of the beautiful woman who lacks substance. Because she has given up control of her own destiny to her husband, Celia plays the role of lady-in-distress, waiting for her knight in shining armor.
Corvino, so jealous that he locks his wife up in her room, does not fit the part of the white knight, but rather the villain to be defeated. Although on the surface, this may seem as a term of affection, Celia transforms from a cherished wife to an object to be bargained.
Because Celia plays the weak, lowly victim and allows Corvino to rule her domain, she ultimately is responsible for being played like a pawn in a chess game. However, even in a chess game there is the Queen.
Here only male figures make the rules. For although Celia pleads with Corvino to not allow this to happen, her defense lies in Corvino again locking her away. Let me live [w]here I may please your fears, if not your trust.
Her only choices seem to be becoming a concubine to Volpone or a prisoner from the world, both at the hands of her husband. She can only hope for a noble knight to come and rescue her from this dire situation. Luckily for Celia, one exists.
Just as Celia plays the stereotypical lady-in-distress, Lady Would-Be plays an equally repulsive female stereotype. The audience never learns her first name and hence sees her as merely an extension of her husband rather than an individual.
Lady Would-Be proves to be the typical self-absorbed, superficial woman.- Homosexual Overtones in Volpone During the Renaissance, women did not participate in the theatre; hence, men, dressed in drag, played women's roles.
This particular characteristic of Renaissance drama adds many dimensions, erotic and social, to the spectacle on the stage.
Volpone is the star, but Mosca is the manipulator, the one who plays the legacy hunters against each other. Like Volpone's, Mosca's greed is all-consuming, and even more than his master, Mosca operates on pure strategy, never displaying the least remorse for his deceit and chicanery.
Volpone or The Foxe: A Comedie, Ben Jonson Volpone is a comedy play by English playwright Ben Jonson first produced in –06, /5. To Volpone and the Elizabethan audience, she has obviously missed the benefit of poetry, which is to learn handy maxims such as that women should be quiet.
The idea of satirizing a woman for talking too much and fussing over her appearance are considered are fairly tired clichés and are also sexist. Volpone, in full Volpone; or, The Fox, comedy in five acts by Ben Jonson, performed about /06 and published in Volpone (“Fox”), a wealthy Venetian without heirs, devises a scheme to become wealthier by playing on people’s greed.
The Portrayal of Women in Jonson's Volpone Women for centuries have fought against a male dominated society in order to achieve a more equal standing.