Relationship analysis of Romeo and Juliet vs. Troilus and Cressida
The relationship of Romeo and Juliet is filled with honest passion and love. However, Troilus
and Cressida’s relationship is consumed with deceit and is based on lust. Infidelity is also a major
theme within Troilus and Cressida’s relationship, which is not present in Romeo and Juliet’s. The
similarities between the characters lie within their initial desires for one another, and the assistance they
received from others, along with, Romeo and Troilus both initially share the feeling of broken hearts.
Romeo and Juliet’s intentions for each other were honest and true through the entirety of their
short lived relationship. The two young lovers never were deceitful and truly were passionate for one
They do not play games, in order to find the other’s feelings. Juliet states, “Dost thou love
me? I know thou wilt say “ay,” And I will take thy word. Yet if thou swear’st/Thou mayst prove
false…O gentle Romeo,/If thou dost love, pronounce it faithfully./ Or if thou think’st I am too quickly
won,/I’ll frown and be perverse and say thee nay,/So thou wilt woo. But else, not for the world./In
truth, fair Montague,/I am too fond,/And therefore thou mayst think my 'havior light./But trust me,
gentleman, I’ll prove more true/Than those that have more coying to be strange” (39). And Romeo
responds, “Lady, by yonder blessèd moon I vow,/That tips with silver all these fruit-tree tops” (39).
This exemplifies the fact that Romeo and Juliet’s relationship is not based on deception, but rather
honesty. The surge of passion and love for each other is sincere.
The relationship of Troilus and Cressida is dishonest and based solely on initial passions that do
not run deeper than physical attraction. Cressida plays games with Troilus, in order to entertain herself.
She tells Troilus of her love for him, “I have loved you night and day/ For many weary months” (68).
But Troilus even questions her love and honesty. However, soon after he confesses his love, Cressida
responds by saying, “In that I’ll war with you,” (71) which essentially means she simply wants to have