Timon - and Timon of Athens claimed the setting behind...

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1 Alvarez David Alvarez Professor Bentley-Baker ENG 2012 21 April 2011 Title Timon of Athens , one of William Shakespeare’s most controversial dramas, has left many critics with uncertain interpretations of Timon, the protagonist of the play. One of the main reasons of skepticism is because many scholars believe this play to have been incomplete. Lesley Brill, a critic who shares this belief, states that it “lacks complexity of plot, characters, and language…and the scarcity of data invites various interpretations” (Brill, 17). Regardless of completion, critics still have pondered and hypothesized about Timon’s purpose in the play. Part of the controversy is due to the fact that some scholars claim Timon strikes a resemblance to King James I in England, when he and many noblemen continued finding themselves in financial debts . William Slights, author of Genera Mixtra
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Unformatted text preview: and Timon of Athens , claimed the setting behind Timon of Athens is a reflection of seventeenth century England, and is a “world where ceremonial gift-giving is an essential and delicate component to maintaining authority” (Slights, 46). Some critics such as Jarold Ramsey and G. Wilson Knight defend Timon, proposing the idea that Timon “becomes a figure of Christ…he suffers that their pain may cease” (Knight, 220) . There are many theories regarding Timon’s character, however, it can be argued Shakespeare intended Timon’s character 2 From the moment Timon was introduced, he displays the behavior Slights spoke of in an almost ridiculous way. Flavius, Timon’s closest friend, tries to warn him of his expenditures, but Timon would not listen. “You would not hear me, at many leisures I proposed” (2.2.813-814), It can be argued that...
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