The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1651 Wednesday, 20 August 2003
From: Bruce W. Richman <
Date: Tuesday, 19 Aug 2003 11:21:56 -0500
Subject: 14.1629 Titus
Comment: RE: SHK 14.1629 Titus
Is Roger Gross's inquiry (14.1629) about Titus (subject line) or Timon
(text)? Surely there is no debate about Titus's maturity, as a warrior,
statesman, and father of many adult children. The two Timons I've seen
performed were both played by actors with white wigs, and I must say the
thought of the part belonging to a young man never occurred to me.
Timon's reactions in the twenty-something boy Prof. Gross describes
would seem like petulance; only an older man could experience the
hypocrisy and ingratitude which befalls Timon as the betrayal of an
established world view. This cosmic bitterness fills the character, to
the limited degree to which it is successful at all; a character with
less experience could not project so deep a disappointment.
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