Absalom and Achitophel


John Dryden

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Zimri Character Analysis

One of Achitophel’s men whom Dryden describes as a “buffoon” who has tried several professions. In the Bible, Zimri is king of Israel for seven days, but he is no real threat to David or the throne in “Absalom and Achitophel.” Zimri likely represents George Villiers, the 2nd Duke of Buckingham, an English statesman and poet who had disgraced himself in war, organized an unsuccessful plot against the government, and was accused of treason. He played an active role within the Popish Plot.
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Zimri Character Timeline in Absalom and Achitophel

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Absalom and Achitophel
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Of Achitophel’s men, there is Zimri, who has many ideas but is never right. Zimri has had many professions, and once... (full context)