The Alchemist By Alex Troyer

Ben Jonson was born and raised in Westminster, London, England. He spent the Majority of his life there and was educated there. He went to Westminster School before college, and he would have gone to Cambridge University but his unwilling apprenticeship with his step father kept him from going. He soon after joined the military for several years, then when he returned tried his luck in the play business. He first was an actor but he realized he wasn't very great, so he quit and became a play writer. He became a very successful play writer and made very popular plays like "Every man out of Humor", "The Alchemist" and "The Devil is an ass". As he made these, he received money from multiple patrons like Elizabeth Sidney and Lady Mary Wroth which kept him fairly wealthy. Jonson was very closely linked to Classicalism due to trying to revive the classical premise from the Elizabethan era.

One of Jonson's most impressive pieces of work is the play "The Alchemist". The play was made in 1610 and is still studied today. This play is very important because it is said to be one of the three plays with a "perfect plot". Jonson tried to put older techniques and an older setting for his play which people loves at the time. The play itself writes itself off of human weaknesses and gullibility. The play sets the whole plot up with the first 10 lines by having the two characters "Face" and "Subtle" fighting. Their names are tell a lot about each one of them and how the story will play out. The play is most closely linked to classicalism due to Jonson's attempt to use old techniques from the Elizabethan era. I found the play very interesting because it was named one of the three plays to ever have a perfect plot, and the way Jonson wrote it. He gave each character names that meant a lot like Face and Subtle and also put a lot of meaning into each scene of the play. There are no actual showings of the play anymore but there are books of the story you may read.

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