Tuesday 25 July 2023

TIMON OF ATHENS




 Timon of Athens, tragedy in five acts by William Shakespeare, probably written sometime in 1605–08 and published in the First Folio of 1623 from an authorial manuscript, probably unfinished.

Wealthy and popular, Timon of Athens helps his friends, gives many gifts, and holds a feast. After ignoring his true friends' warnings, Timon runs out of money, and none of his "friends" will help him. He runs away to a cave where he curses humanity, finds gold, funds someone to destroy Athens, and dies.
When he has no money, he wants to be more miserable than anyone else. Surely one lesson donors can learn from Timon of Athens is: giving is not about you. You shouldn't give to promote your own magnificence, but to help others, and to have the quiet satisfaction that you have made the world better.
Shakespeare set most of Timon of Athens in Athens, but also somewhere in the countryside near Athens. Timon, a generous Athenian in a wealthy city, lavishes expensive gifts on prominent citizens who abandon him in his hour of need and he retires to the poverty of the countryside, a penniless man.
 You can't buy friendship is the main theme of this play. The love of money is a great cause of the unhappiness. This is demonstrated throughout the play, where most of the characters have an overblown concern for money, which brings out the worst in them.
Read this classic and the discuss the style of Shakespeare's Tragedy

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