Comment on the trial scene in Volpone


Volpone, by Ben Jonson (1572-1637) is the best paradigm of comedy of humor. It is a heroic moral study of human greed, foxy cunning, and goatish lust. It is not the traditional form of comedy. It is a play of comical satire as well as a morality play. The trial scene is the most important incident of the play.

More Notes: Volpone

The trial scene in Volpone:

 Hearing the case of Bonario and Celia the Avocatori summon Volpone and Mosca to the court. The first Avocatori asks why Volpone is not present in the court.  Mosca introduces Voltore as his “advocate,” or lawyer. The other three Avocatori emphasize, that Volpone be brought before the court. While Volpone is being called, Voltore asks to speak on his behalf. He tells the court that Celia has an immoral relationship with Bonario for which Bonario’s father Corbaccio decides to disinherit him and nominates the name of Volpone as his heir. Then The son plots to kill his father and sends his mistress to Volpone. He also follows her. As he does not find Corbaccio in Volpone’s house, he tries to frame Volpone for rape. To create evidence for this, he undresses Volpone and left him lying naked on the floor. As witnesses Corbaccio disclaims Bonario as his son and calls him “swine, goat, wolf, parricide.” Corvino denounces his wife as a prostitute and says that he has seen his wife with his own eyes in the act of sexual intercourse with Bonario. Mosca shows his wound as evidence against Bonario. Lady Would-be declares Celia as a “chameleon harlot” whom she claims to have seen seducing her husband.  The judges send Bonario and Celia to prison and the judge sends Volpone home with special care. Volpone becomes free from his case but he looks very helpless. 


In light of the above description, we can say that sin is never removed without repentance. and the innocent person becomes free from his charge though sometimes it may delay.

Rashedul Islam
Rashedul Islam

Hi, This is Rashedul. Researcher and lecturer of English literature and Linguistics.

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