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Bartholomew Fair

Zeal-of-the-land Busy, a character in Ben Jonson’s play Bartholomew Fair, is one of the typically hypocritical Puritans whom Jonson so often satirizes in his works. Jonson disrespected the...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2011 2:54 am UTC

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Bartholomew Fair

The Puritan characters in Ben Jonson’s comedy Bartholomew Fair include the following: Zeal-of-the-Lady Busy, a leader of other Puritans who thinks of himself as a kind of inspired prophet. His...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2012 11:19 am UTC

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Bartholomew Fair

The objective of an allegory or allegorical play--and this is an allegory because all characters are named for the qualities they exemplify, like Overdo, who overdoes his duties--is to make a...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2013 10:15 pm UTC

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Bartholomew Fair

While Bartholomew Fair is not a rigorous allegory where every personage stands for a notion and every action for a principle, Jonson does make at least three characters out as associated with the...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2019 8:21 am UTC

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Bartholomew Fair

Unlike Shakespeare, Ben Jonson can be challenging for students not already familiar with the conventions and contexts of Elizabethan and Jacobean theater. Jonson is often satirical, so one needs to...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2018 12:29 am UTC

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Bartholomew Fair

In a sense, the fair that gives this excellent satire its title acts as a microcosm of human society, which depicts humanity as consisting of a massive struggle as each character tries to get the...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2012 6:18 am UTC

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