The purpose of this study is to examine Ben Jonson`s Volpone by investigating the audience`s double attitude toward Volpone. The comedies of Ben Jonson, who was one of the neo-classisists, tend to be intellectual, analytical, and argumentative. These tendencies belong to the tradition of Aristophanes rather than that of Shakespeare. The former, therefore, tries to criticize, punish, and correct the social evil by laugher and satire while the latter tries to embrace and include the social follies. Furthermore, unlike his other comedies, Volpone is "sporting with human crimes" rather than "sporting with human follies." To achieve the didactic goal, Ben Jonson carefully manipulated the audience`s response by attracting and distracting toward the main character, Volpone. The audience is one of the most essential elements of theatre. The audience is not only the passive receiver, but also the active participant who has much influence on constructing the final meaning on the stage. Therefore, this study focuses on the double attitude of the audience. The audience of this play is attracted by Volpone`s intellectual superiority over the even more vicious clients and disgusted by his criminal deeds at the same time. Thus, in order to find their own way out and to laugh an intellectual laughter, the audience shouldn`t approach Volpone too closely, or distance him too far away. In other words, the comprehensive understanding of this drama requires the audience to keep proper and objective distance from Volpone.