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Elizabethan and Jacobean drama

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Elizabethan and Jacobean drama

The Alchemist

Read Act4 sc (i) carefully, then produce a written analysis covering the following areas:

* Who speaks in this extract, to whom and where in the drama does it occur?

* What is the significance of these lines to the dramatic action of the play?

* Give a detailed account of the language used in this extract, looking for particular features that have a significant impact on the comedy

* What are the major themes alluded to in this extract, and how do they relate to the rest of the play?

* How do the themes alluded to in this extract relate to the cultural and social context of the play?

Within this extract we see Sir Epicure Mammon return to Lovewit's house to claim the riches promised him and be introduced to the mad 'lord's sister' (II.3.221). He is met by Face in the guise of Lungs the Alchemists servant. The two engage in a dialogue concerning Mammon's 'stuff' (IV, I, 4) in which he is led to believe that the Alchemist is readying himself to turn the possessions that mammon has given

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