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Do you think Alchemist by Ben Jonson is an allegory?

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buria | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 30, 2010 at 10:16 PM via web

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Do you think Alchemist by Ben Jonson is an allegory?

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 2, 2010 at 1:38 AM (Answer #1)

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Absolutely!

Ben Johnson's comedy The Alchemist is a direct blow to society's tendency to believe in anything that is advertised, especially everything that is dubbed to be a quick money maker. Even today people rush to buy things that supposedly help them create business, sell things, or make quick cash. In Johnson's comedy everyone from every walk of life seemed to be enthralled by the possibility of having metal turn into gold, for acquiring the sorcere's stone, and for having things just by asking some magical power. This happened with everyone from a Lord to a butler. Ambition runs everywhere and affects everyone equally. Therefore, The Alchemist" is indeed an allegory to hunan irrational behavior and excessive ambition.

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