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December 3, 2007

Seven Deadly Sins

Posted by Beth Achille in Volpone    

Find examples of each of the 7 seven deadly sins in Volpone


  1. I found examples of each of the deadly sins in Volpone: GREED: Volpone’s greed is the main conflict of the play and the motivation for the scam. Greed is also the reason the scam succeeds because all the other characters are greedy also. Probably the best example would be Corvino giving up his own wife for money!
    PRIDE: The examples of greed that were the most obvious were Peregrine’s forcing Sir Politic to leave Venice just to get even for his hurt pride. In (Ii) Volpone shows excessive pride in his ability to scam people, his great money making scheme. In (IIIi) Mosca displays his pride with himself for succeeding in his plot to fool Volpone.
    ENVY: In (Iii) Mosca takes credit for the play because he is jealous of its success and the credit the actors are receiving. Corvino is envious of Mountebank because his wife is flirting with him.
    GLUTTONY: Gluttony was probably the most difficult sin to find an example of unless you consider it figuratively as an act practiced by parasites. Mosca is the worst glutton as the greatest parasite because he lives entirely off of Volpone’s fortune but is still not satisfied. He wants more thus scams even his “host”. Voltore’s name means vulture. Vultures certainly appear to be gluttonous when they are feeding. In the same way, Corbaccio, meaning raven and Corvino, meaning crow, are both certainly scavengers and gluttonous.
    LUST: The most explicit example of lust would be Volpone’s lusting after women especially Celia. Mosca is able to fool, even make a fool of Volpone because he is blinded by his lust for her.
    WRATH: (IIiii) The most violent display of wrath would be when Corvino is furious with his wife Celia because he is jealous of her having affection for another man. In a show of rage, he threatens her with a sword for flirting.
    SLOTH: All parasites in this play are slothful in that they do not want to provide for themselves. Bonario scorns Mosca for his sloth and means of feeding off of Volpone.

      Luke Paliocha — December 27, 2007 @ 1:32 pm   

  2. I am having a hard time finding examples of seven deadly sins in Volpone. I do see how Luke’s work, but I can;t seem to find very many of my own. One that I can find and is very easy to find is greed in Volpone. That is what the whole plot is based upon and is one of the if not the main theme of the story. I also agree with Luke that all of the other characters are greedy and this allows Volpone to trick them. Envy is also a relatively easy because all of the characters are envious of each other. Volpone will tell one of them that he will give his wealth to him but then he will tell the some thing to another character and the original will get envious and visa versa. I agree with Luke on Volpone’s lust and also on Corvino’s wrath. I can’t find any good examples of these for myself however. Corvino’s wrath could also be interpreted as envy however because he is envious of Volpone.

      troy — May 8, 2008 @ 2:41 pm   

  3. I agree with Troy, in that it is hard to find examples of the seven deadly sins in Volpone. Luke seems to have swept up the big ones, and I re-read the play and still can not find examples that he has not covered. Also like Troy, the greed part is relatively obvious, because as he pointed out, it is basically what the plot is based on.

      Anne Osborn — May 11, 2008 @ 9:08 pm   

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