Troilus and Cressida | Study Guide

William Shakespeare

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Thersites,Act II, Scene IIIhe common curse of mankind, folly andignorance, be thine in great revenue!Sources:Dartmouth University, Encyclopaedia Britannica, “Shakespeare’sTroilus and Cressida: Of War and Lechery” by Kristina FaberCopyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc.Appearance vs. RealityThose who appearheroic are far from it.Honor & HeroismHonor is loston the battlefield.WarIn this play, war isnot noble or heroic.ThemesGreek hero; spiteful,spoiled, and cowardlyAchillesTrojan hero; brave, honorablewarrior and princeHectorFaithless young Trojanwoman traded to the Greeksas a prisoner; Troilus’s loverCressidaPrince of Troy, brave soldier,and young, idealistic lover;worried about Cressida’sfaithfulnessTroilusMain CharactersShakespeare is often calledthe greatest dramatist thatever lived because of hisprolific output and hisinfluence on Elizabethantheater and beyond.InTroilus and Cressidahereframes the story of theTrojan War as an indictmentagainst warfare.WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE1564–1616AuthorTroilus, a prince of Troy, falls in love with Cressida during the finalyears of the Trojan War. When she is sent to the Greek camp as partof a prisoner exchange, Troilus discovers that she has not remainedtrue to him as she promised.Love & Deathin the Trojan WarOVERVIEWAfter Cressida’s betrayalwith Diomedes, Troilus vowsto keep fighting.The Fight ContinuesTroilus and Cressida fall inlove, but political maneuveringcauses their separation.Doomed LoveThe Greeks wage waron Troy to retrieve Helen,Menelaus’s wife.The Trojan WarEnglishOriginal Language1601–02Years WrittenWilliam ShakespeareAuthorTroilus andCressidaTragedyPlay

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