By William Shakespeare
The true Timon of Athens lived there within the 5th century BCE, making him a latest of Socrates and Pericles. Shakespeare provides Timon as a determine who suffers such profound disillusionment that he turns into a misanthrope, or man-hater. This makes him a extra fascinating personality than the cartoon he had develop into to Shakespeare’s contemporaries, for whom “Timonist” was once a slang time period for an unsociable man.
Shakespeare’s play comprises the rich, great, and extravagantly beneficiant determine of Timon earlier than his transformation. Timon expects that, having bought as presents all that he owned, his neighbors should be both beneficiant to him.
Once his collectors clamor for reimbursement, Timon reveals that his idealization of friendship is an phantasm. He repudiates his acquaintances, abandons Athens, and retreats to the woods. but his misanthropy arises from the destruction of an admirable phantasm, from which his next hatred can by no means be fullyyt disentangled.
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