Timon of Athens | Critical Essay by John M. Wallace

This literature criticism consists of approximately 26 pages of analysis & critique of Timon of Athens.
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Critical Essay by John M. Wallace

SOURCE: "Timon of Athens and the Three Graces: Shakespeare's Senecan Study," in Modern Philology, Vol. 83, No. 4, May, 1986, pp. 349-63.

In the following essay, Wallace analyzes Timon of Athens from a Senecan perspective, suggesting that Shakespeare was influenced by the philosopher's De beneficiis and his ideas on gift-giving.

For reasons which are understandable enough, Shakespeare's modern editors have decided that Timon of Athens

Richard Pasco as Timon in Ron Daniels's 1980 Royal Shakespeare Company rendering of Timon of Athens. Richard Pasco as Timon in Ron Daniels's 1980 Royal Shakespeare Company rendering of Timon of Athens.
is a "schematic" play in which, as David Bevington puts it [in Complete Works (1973)], "the dramatic situation is also unusually static for Shakespeare." Frank Kermode, in the most widely used college text [The Riverside Shakespeare (1974)], comments that Timon is "a tragedy of ideas, much more schematic than Hamlet" and adds that "the play was evidently designed to consist of two halves...

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