Troilus and Cressida | Study Guide

William Shakespeare

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Troilus and Cressida | Act 5, Scene 10 | Summary



The Greek generals receive word Achilles has killed Hector. They send a messenger to ask Achilles to meet them in Agamemnon's tent to see if this news is true and if the war is finally over.


The anticlimactic nature of the play continues with this scene as word of Hector's death reaches the other Greek generals. There is no definitive ending of the war. Instead, the generals gather in a tent to await word. Without resolution the play evokes a feeling of being unfinished. Achilles does not receive his comeuppance after his atrocious behavior.

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