"Troilus and Cressida" Analytical Essay by Top Papers

"Troilus and Cressida"
A look at the shifting Elizabethan values in Shakespeare's "Troilus and Cressida".
# 142414 | 1,500 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2008 | US

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The paper relates that Shakespeare's "Troilus and Cressida" is an early modern version of the Trojan war in which the themes of love and war are intertwined. The paper discusses how the characters in this play seek their meaning and significance in the framework of the story of the war but the values this play explores are different from those expressed in Homer or Euripides and the outcome, while unfortunate or tragic, is somewhat indeterminate.

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"Arguably one of the most contentiously-debated Shakespeare plays in modern scholarship, "Troilus and Cressida" presents significant challenges to the reader in interpreting both the values and the motivations of its characters. Shakespeare paints a very different world from Homer's doctrinaire warrior state in "The Iliad" and from Chaucer's polarized romance of "Troilus and Criseyde". In fact, he challenges the audience to experience a grey, pallid world where there is no right and no wrong, and the values that they may believe to be sacrosanct are, in fact, flawed. To explore this further, we must first address the values that the Trojan..."

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