Troilus and Cressida | Study Guide

William Shakespeare

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Thersites, Act II, Scene III he common curse of mankind, folly and ignorance, be thine in great revenue! Sources: Dartmouth University, Encyclopaedia Britannica, “Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida: Of War and Lechery” by Kristina Faber Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Appearance vs. Reality Those who appear heroic are far from it. Honor & Heroism Honor is lost on the battlefield. War In this play, war is not noble or heroic. Themes Greek hero; spiteful, spoiled, and cowardly Achilles Trojan hero; brave, honorable warrior and prince Hector Faithless young Trojan woman traded to the Greeks as a prisoner; Troilus’s lover Cressida Prince of Troy, brave soldier, and young, idealistic lover; worried about Cressida’s faithfulness Troilus Main Characters Shakespeare is often called the greatest dramatist that ever lived because of his prolific output and his influence on Elizabethan theater and beyond. In Troilus and Cressida he reframes the story of the Trojan War as an indictment against warfare. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE1564–1616 Author Troilus, a prince of Troy, falls in love with Cressida during the final years of the Trojan War. When she is sent to the Greek camp as part of a prisoner exchange, Troilus discovers that she has not remained true to him as she promised. Love & Death in the Trojan War OVERVIEW After Cressida’s betrayal with Diomedes, Troilus vows to keep fighting. The Fight Continues Troilus and Cressida fall in love, but political maneuvering causes their separation. Doomed Love The Greeks wage war on Troy to retrieve Helen, Menelaus’s wife. The Trojan War English Original Language 1601–02 Years Written William Shakespeare Author Troilus and Cressida Tragedy Play

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