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In The Alchemist, as Ann Barton talks about in her book Ben Jonson, Dramatist, "individuals of all classes
and personalities advance toward Subtle's counseling rooms since they feel that in some way he can
improve their lives, since they have become disappointed with what they are" (Barton 138). In
opposition to Shakespearean characters, Jonson's characters themselves "long to be changed" since
they "are not happy with the insignificant components of their routine lives and selves" (on the same
page 138). To place in Lacanian terms they are thoroughly lead by their own cravings. It is their longing
which here is imagined by Jonson as monstrous, material craving and ravenousness for cash and gold-
that guides them towards Subtle as well as makes Subtle. Indeed as Lacan examines about the job of
want in the domain of language and coercion "[w]e are naturally introduced to language-the language
through which the cravings of others are explained and through which we are compelled to express our
own longing" (Homer 44). As indicated by Lacan we need to be objects of the Other's cravings and our
personalities are molded by the Other's longings similarly as the chemist's character is made out of the
other naã¯ve characters' cravings. However long there are tricks like Dapper, Mammon, Drugger,
Tribulation, and Ananias with their deceptive yearning of transforming metal into gold, unavoidably
people like Subtle are made also.

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In The Alchemist, as Ann Barton talks about in her book Ben Jonson, Dramatist, "individuals of all classes and personalities advance toward Subtle's counseling rooms since they feel that in some way he can improve their lives, since they have become disappointed with what they are" (Barton 138). In opposition to Shakespearean characters, Jonson's characters themselves "long to be changed" since they "are not happy with the insignificant components of their routine lives and selves" (on the same page 138). To place in Lacanian terms they are thoroughly lead by their own cravings. It is their longing which here is imagined by Jonson as monstrous, material craving and ravenousness for cash and goldthat guides them towards Subtle as well as makes Subtle. Indeed as Lacan examines about the job of want in the domain of language and coercion "[w]e are naturally introduced to language-the language through which the cravings of others are explained and through which we are compelled to express our own longing" (Homer 44). As indicated by Lacan we need to be objects of the Other's cravings and our personalities are molded by the Other's longings similarly as the chemist's character is made out of the other naã¯ve characters' cravings. However long there are tricks like Dapper, Mammon, Drugger, Tribulation, and Ananias with their deceptive yearning of transforming metal into gold, unavoidably people like Subtle are made also. Name: Description: ...
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