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How are women depicted in Troilus and Cresida?

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Posted October 22, 2009 at 6:34 AM via web

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How are women depicted in Troilus and Cresida?

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted July 12, 2010 at 8:44 AM (Answer #1)

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Some critics think that the portrayal of women in Troilus and Cressida by Williams Shakespeare has close connections to the portrayal of women in Hamlet. Specifically the connection is made between Cressida and Gertrude. Initially, on the surface, Cressida seems virtuous and demure. She is the model of what women are expected to be. However, it doesn’t take long for us to find that she is fickle. Her emotions are easily won and given to whomever strikes her fancy at the time. That person being the one who most appeals to her lust and latent sexuality.

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