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Troilus and Cressida appeals to the iconoclastic and sceptical temperament of the contemporary era Its anxieties about the problems of locating stable values and meanings and its distrust of the claims of military and political authority have obvious applications to the personal and public crises of today Discuss this statement in relation to Shakespeares play Troilus and Cressida was probably written around 1602 although scholars are not entirely sure of the exact date Around the time of its creation the play was not widely performed and was not rediscovered until the beginnings of the 20th century In modern times however it has received more critical attention and more performances than in all of its previous history This could be as the statement stresses due to the fact that many parallels can be drawn between the concerns raised by Shakespeare and issues raised by modern social commentators and the media Indeed in his own time Shakespeare communicated concerns about the rapid change of his own era through what is described by RA Foakes as the parody of the grand Homeric legend of the Trojan War Critics have generally labelled Troilus and Cressida as one of the problem comedies or dark comedies These plays are characterised by comedy woven with satiric commentary and also tinged with tragedy Firstly the problems of locating stable values and meanings shall be dealt with One of the most highly prized values of the warriors of the Trojan War is that of honour and chivalry The closest thing in the play to a truly chivalric and heroic figure is most probably Hector described by Nestor as follows When thou hast hung thy advanced sword in ithair Not letting it decline on the declind That I have said to some my standers-by Lo Jupiter is yonder dealing life IV v185 So Hector is portrayed as a godlike figure on the battlefield We should also note that
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