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War whether a conflict from within or a conflict between nations war is the ultimate curse of mankind it creates fear and arouses the basest of instinctsThe instinct to survive War the fear of war and death can be to some people their most noble hour and in others we see the sins of evil greed power and lust The three text types Troilus and Cressida They and Anthem for Doomed Youth express differing views of how human nature reacts to the influence of war in their lives Shakespeares play Troilus and Cressida offers a debased view of human nature in war time The theme of conflict between personal life and the interests of the state can be reduced to themes of lust and power There are however other minor themes running parallel to the major themes namely jealously cowardice thuggery and pride The characters in Troilus and Cressida are all personally affected by war The nature of war motivates their behaviour and unfortunately in this play not in a positive way Troilus and Cressida are both Trojans and become lovers Troy is at war with Greece and Cressidas father has defected to the Greek camp To show how war affects personal relationships in the play three relationships will be analysedThey are Troilus and Cressida Hector- his wife and sister and Cressidas involvement with Diomedes Firstly Troilus and Cressidas professions of their love are confined and slaves to the political situation in which they find themselves this is the monastery in love lady that the will is infinite and the execution confined that the desire is boundless and the act a slave to limit act 3 sc2 75-77 Troilus and Cressida never mention matrimonyMost lovers in war do not as they do not contemplate tomorrow but live for the momentFor Troilus and Cressida lust is the driving emotion of the moment As in all tragedies these lovers are separated Cressida has been exchanged
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