The Anatomy of Melancholy Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. According to Burton, is he the author of this work on melancholy? Why or why not?

Burton claims that he is not the author of this book. He explains that Democritus and Democritus Junior actually developed the foundation of the work for "The Anatomy of Melancholy," but Burton's objective is not to correct or re-write their work, but rather to expand upon it for the modern era.

2. How does Burton view his inferiority or superiority to Democritus?

Burton explains there is a standard that one can't be or claim superiority to Democritus. Burton agrees with the standard, but claims that Democritus Junior attempts to ignore it.

3. What specifically about "melancholy" does Burton wish to discuss?

Burton discusses precisely what the title implies: the anatomy of melancholy. He confirms his goal is to discuss the magnitudes, forms, and treatments of melancholy.

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