A Survey of Modern Criticism's Approach to Character Portrayal in the Major Comedies of Ben Jonson
Foust, Stephen Harris
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The purpose of this paper is to review the a attitudes and approaches of modern critics toward Ben Jonson's famous (or infamous) method of character portrayal. Jonson has had his good moments and has bad moments in the world of criticism, from the praise of Dryden to the ridicule of Hazlitt. Today critics once again are praising Jonson's best comedies; since T.S. Elliot, a new trend in criticism of Jonson has arisen. This paper is an effort to recognize these new trends.