Troilus and Cressida—Heroic Aspirations
Lecture no. 22 from the course: William Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies
Taught by Professor Peter Saccio | 30 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Literature & Language Courses
Troilus and Cressida continues with a detailed examination of Cressida and Hector. Cressida loves Troilus and wishes to be faithful to him; circumstances also make her reliant upon men and the power of men for her value. Hector, Troy's main defender, is thoughtful about the values at stake in the war, and caught in some of the inner contradictions of chivalry. The play might end with a conventional tragic close, but the epilogue of Pandarus shifts the tone radically.