"Troilus and Cressida" and "King Lear"
A comparison of Ulysses' "Degree" speech with Act 1 of King Lear, with reference to other Shakespeare plays such as "Macbeth."
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Published on May 17, 2003 in Drama and Theater (English) , Literature (English) , English (Comparison) , Shakespeare (Other Plays and Comparisons) , Shakespeare (King Lear)
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This paper analyzes and compares the language, tone, character, and plot of 'Troilus and Cressida' and of 'King Lear.' The paper examines Ulysses' "Degree" speech and explains its relevance to Act 1 of Shakespeare's "King Lear" and particularly to the relationship of Lear with his three daughters.
From the Paper:"Ulysses' speech in Troilus and Cressida is Shakespeare at his most political. It echoes the concerns of King Lear's Act 1 whilst hinting at the writers personal beliefs. In this way, the speech accentuates Lear's mistakes, while prophesising his ultimate, tragic fate. Ulysses takes the role of a political philosopher, diagnosing the ills of the Greek army. He describes the "hollow Grecian tents," tracing it all to the neglect of the importance of "degree" ignoring the glue that holds society together."
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