Timon of Athens: By the numbers

Timon of Athens

So here’s the numerical breakdown…

  • 2309 total lines; shorter than the average (play: 2768; problem play: 2731)
  • none of its scenes is the longest of its kind in the Canon
  • Act Two, Scene One, and Act Five, Scene Three, are the shortest of their kinds in the Canon (35, and 10 lines, respectively)
  • Act One: 532 lines; shorter than average (play: 582; problem play: 564)
  • Act Two: 271 lines; much shorter than average (play: 567, problem play: 588)
  • Act Three: 541 lines; much shorter than average (play: 576; problem play: 571)
  • Act Four: 625 lines; much longer than average (play: 560, problem play: 558)
  • Act Five: 339 lines; much shorter than average (play: 484, problem play: 448)
  • 590 lines of prose (25.56% of total lines, which is less than average [play: 26.32%; problem play: 34.18%]); compare with The Comedy of Errors: 13.31%, Titus Andronicus: 1.39%, The Taming of the Shrew: 20.82%, 1HenryVI: 0.37%, 2HenryVI: 16.64%, 3HenryVI: 0.14%, Richard III: 2.89%, Love’s Labor’s Lost: 35.08%, The Two Gentlemen of Verona: 26.81%, A Midsummer Night’s Dream: 19.75%, Romeo and Juliet: 14.18%, King John: 0.0%, The Merchant of Venice: 21.79%, Richard II: 0%, 1HenryIV: 44.7%, 2HenryIV: 50.36%, HenryV: 40.89%, Merry Wives: 88.20%, As You Like It: 56.12%, Much Ado: 77.78%, Caesar: 7.47%, Twelfth: 64.44%, Hamlet: 27.33%, Troilus: 32.30%, All’s Well: 48.20%, Measure: 41.40%, Othello: 19.96%, King Lear: 26.28%, Macbeth: 8.19%, and Antony and Cleopatra: 10.92%)
  • 123 rhyming lines (5.33% of total lines, which is less than the average [play: 8.35% and problem play: 5.62%]; compare with Comedy: 20.10%, Titus: 2.42%, Taming: 3.93%, 1HenryVI: 9.79%, 2HenryVI: 3.16%, 3HenryVI: 5.37%, Richard III: 7.55%, LLL: 40.86%, 2Gents: 35.08%, Midsummer: 43.5%, Romeo: 16.61%, King John: 6.19%, Merchant: 5.16%, Richard II: 18.95%, 1HenryIV: 1.04%, 2HenryIV: 2.32%, HenryV: 1.80%, Merry Wives: 3.79%, As You Like It: 10.87%, Much Ado: 2.43%, Caesar: 0.41%, Twelfth: 6.09%, Hamlet: 4.91%, and Troilus: 5.40%, All’s Well: 9.05%, Measure: 3.16%, Othello: 3.09%, King Lear: 4.02%, Macbeth: 12.58%, and Antony and Cleopatra: 0.99%)
  • 17 scenes; less than average (plays: 21; problem play: 20)
  • 57 characters; more than the average (plays: 36; problem play: 32)

Check out our “by the numbers” breakdown as an infographic!

Numerical breakdown of Timon of Athens (thumbnail jpg; click for full size)
Numerical breakdown of Timon of Athens (thumbnail jpg; click for full size)

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