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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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