Timon of Athens
Publish date: June 24th 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, English Literature
, 17th Century
Timon of Athens is amongst the most obscure of Shakespeare's play and apparently most modern academics think that it was a collaboration with Thomas Middleton. It is without any doubt the weakest play by Shakespeare that I have personally read. The plot is very simplistic. Essentially, Timon trie...
From one extreme to the other, Timon goes from beloved and gratuitous gift-giver to famed misanthrope. The connection between these two extremes is the selfishness of his friends. Those willing to take from him express no genuine willingness to give back.I didn’t walk away with much from this play...
Despite seeming two dimensional and simplistic, this play is nothing short of intriguing.
I would just mention that this is the most satiric Shakespearean play I've read; its protagonist, a rich fool who throws money around-- mainly on parties for his hangers-on--comes off as ridiculous rather than "tragic."
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