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The works of William Shakespeare have been awarded praise for their universality They contain themes that everyone is familiar withlove lust revenge glory Troilus and Cressida is no different than any other of Shakespeares works in this respect One of the major themes in Troilus and Cressida is that of desire Sexual desire mimetic desire and the desire for glory are all incorporated in the plot and characters of the play One character in particular plays the advocate of sexual desire and desire in general The name of a character is important to the nature of a character Pandarus is aptly named as he is a panderer He lives up to his name He serves as Cressidas pimp basically in bringing Troilus and Cressida together He ingratiates himself to Helen and makes love to her with words and beguiles with a song of love and throughout he stresses his own importance in his service of bringing about love or desire From the outset of the play Pandarus takes his name seriously He begins the play by talking up his niece Cressida to Troilus He speaks of her beauty and intelligence beyond all other women including Helen He woos Troilus to Cressida with claims that she looked yesternight fairer than ever I saw her look or any woman else He even plays up his role as the middle man in their deal Gone between and between but small thanks for my labor He plays up his importance in Troilus attempt to woo Cressida In the next scene Pandarus does the same thing with Cressida He puffs up Troilus skills on the battle field and his wit He throws compliments to Troilus name which also emphasizes his importance as the link to Troilus Pandarus claims that Had he a sister were a grace or a daughter a goddess Troilus should take his choice He claims he could live and die in the eyes of Troilus Pandarus throws
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