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Posted May 7, 2013 at 11:56 PM via web

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I need quotes from Bartholomew Fair by Ben Jonson that show the allegorical nature of the play.

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Kay Morse | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted May 8, 2013 at 10:23 PM (Answer #1)

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An allegory is a genre of literary writing that teaches and dramatizes a moral or religious lesson and that does so by neming characters for the qualities they represent. One type of quote that might illustrate the allegorical nature of this or another work are quotations that indicate characters being true to their names. Here, Little-Wit is showing that he has very little wit (intelligence) as he insists that his wife be kissed by a wife-hungry man.

LITTLE-WIT: Deare Win, let Master Win-wife kisse you. He comes a wooing to our mother Win, and may be our father perhaps, Win. There is no harme in him, Win.

WIN-WIFE: None in the earth, Master Little-wit.

 

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