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Troilus and Cressida

Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare
By: (1564-1616)

Troilus and Cressida is a complex and engrossing play that delves into themes of love, honor, and betrayal. Shakespeare's masterful use of language and intricate characterization bring the story of the Trojan War to life in a way that is both entertaining and thought-provoking.

The relationship between Troilus and Cressida is at the heart of the play, and their tumultuous love affair is portrayed with a mix of passion and cynicism. As the war rages around them, the couple must navigate a society that values honor above all else, leading to tragic consequences.

The supporting characters in Troilus and Cressida are equally well-developed, each adding depth and complexity to the story. From the swaggering Achilles to the conniving Pandarus, every character plays a crucial role in the unfolding drama.

The play's exploration of the futility of war and the corrupting influence of power feels eerily relevant even today. Shakespeare's commentary on the darker aspects of human nature is as incisive as ever, making Troilus and Cressida a timeless and compelling work of literature.

Book Description:
Troilus and Cressida is Shakespeare's "problem" play about the Trojan War. As the opening Chorus tells us, the play "begins in the middle" of the epic conflict, and counterpoints the drama of battle with the romance of the title characters. Just as Agamemnon and his Greek forces (particularly the smooth-tongued Ulysses) attempt to woo the invincible Achilles to resume fighting on their side, the Trojan go-between Pandarus tries to bring together Troilus, a son of King Priam, with his niece, the lovely Cressida.

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