I am writing an essay on how Jonson mixes the genres of comedy and tragedy in Volpone. Can anyone give me any help with starting points?The kind of ideas I was planning on investigating include:...

I am writing an essay on how Jonson mixes the genres of comedy and tragedy in Volpone. Can anyone give me any help with starting points?

The kind of ideas I was planning on investigating include:

1. The features of Elizabethan/Jacobean Comedy (I know Jonson was thought to have been also influenced by Aristophanic Comedy)

2. The features of Elizabethan/Jacobean Tragedy/Drama

3. How much Volpone meets these two genres

If anyone could help me with this, it would be greatly appreciated!

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Conisder reviewing the concept of the italian Commedia Dell'arte in relationship to Volpone. Jonson considered the stock characters (Servant, Master, Lovers, and Clowns) when he was creating his characters for Volpone.

Also, consider the purpose and direction of comedies versus tragedies. In Comedy those who break social norms and custom must resolve and conform by the end of the play.

In tragedies, particularly Jacobean tragedy those who are unwilling or unable to conform to societal norms of morality must die.

Consider the ways Jonson deals with the idea of huburis, and the tragic flaw in his anti-hero characters like Mosca and Volpone. How might you compare these characters to tragic heroes who suffer because of their inability to overcome their fatal flaw.

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