Troilus and Cressida: Third Series, Revised Edition (The Arden Shakespeare Third Series)

Troilus and Cressida: Third Series, Revised Edition (The Arden Shakespeare Third Series)

Language: English

Pages: 544

ISBN: 1472584740

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A revised edition of this intriguing and complex play, updated to cover recent critical thinking and stage history. Troilus and Cressida is a tragedy often labelled a "problem" play because of its apparent blend of genres and its difficult themes. Set in the Trojan Wars it tells a story of doomed love and honour, offering a debased view of human nature in war-time and a stage peopled by generally unsympathetic characters. The revised edition makes an ideal text for study at undergraduate level and above.

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Patroclus, acting out parodies of the inflated mannerisms of the other Greek generals. “WHAT’S AUGHT BUT AS ’TIS VALUED?” Again and again, Troilus and Cressida reveals the discrepancy between the polished surface that is projected by a value system, whether the heroic code of war or the idea of courtly love, and the tawdry reality beneath. At a philosophical level, the effect of this is deeply troubling: it is to question whether there can be such a thing as an absolute moral value. In a

that heat again To the first giver. ACHILLES This is not strange, Ulysses. The beauty that is borne here in the face The bearer knows not, but108 commends itself Not going from itself, but eye to eye opposed Salutes each other with each other’s form109. For speculation111 turns not to itself Till it hath travelled112 and is mirrored there Where it may see itself. This is not strange113 at all. ULYSSES I do not strain it at the position114 — It is familiar — but at the author’s

revived and altered version of an old pastoral play called Mucedorus. It even featured a bear. The younger dramatist John Fletcher, meanwhile, sometimes working in collaboration with Francis Beaumont, was pioneering a new style of tragicomedy, a mix of romance and royalism laced with intrigue and pastoral excursions. Shakespeare experimented with this idiom in Cymbeline and it was presumably with his blessing that Fletcher eventually took over as the King’s Men’s company dramatist. The two

deed in the past 154 mail piece of armor made of chain-mail links 155 in monumental mock’ry as a mocking trophy to forgotten glory instant immediate, direct 156 strait narrow passage, confined path 157 one … abreast i.e. one must go in single file Keep … path i.e. stick to the path/keep moving along the path 158 emulation ambitious rivalry 160 hedge aside deviate, shift forthright straight path 161 entered inrushing, broken through 162 hindmost last 163 rank line of attacking troops 164

63 Luxury lechery 64 potato-finger large penis/fat finger (also sexually suggestive as a digit that tickles sexually) Fry burn with lust (with connotations of the burning symptoms of venereal disease)/burn in hell 66 lo used to add emphasis else otherwise 67 token item used as a pledge surety assurance 71 be myself i.e. allow myself to act on my feelings cognition recognition, knowledge 84 sharpens toughens her resistance/sharpens Diomedes’ desire (with erectile connotations) whetstone stone

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