Timon of Athens | Critical Review by Financial Times

This literature criticism consists of approximately 28 pages of analysis & critique of Timon of Athens.
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Critical Essay by Andrew Hadfield

SOURCE: Hadfield, Andrew. “Timon of Athens and Jacobean Politics.” Shakespeare Survey 56 (2003): 215-26.

In the following essay, Hadfield interprets Timon of Athens as Shakespeare's advice to King James.

What exactly is the relationship between Shakespeare's plays and their political significance? It is clear that large political issues determine the form and content of the plays he wrote, even if their political focus and direction often appear enigmatic to commentators.1 It surely cannot be a coincidence that Shakespeare's history plays, all of which date from the 1590s (except the late collaboration Henry VIII), deal extensively and obsessively with the question of the monarch's legitimacy and the problem of the succession. These were the issues that dominated political discussions and literary representations of Elizabeth, who actively forbade her subjects to talk openly about her—and their—future...

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