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Who are Troilus and Leander and how are they relevant to the themes of As You Like...
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Troilus is a character in the story of the Trojan war who also appears in another play by Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida. He is a Trojan, son of Priam and brother of Hector. He is in love with Cressida and arranges for Pandarus to act as a go-between to help him seduce her. The couple exchange love vows. Cressida, however, is actually in love with Diomedes, and gives to him a present that Troilus gave to her. At the end of the play, Troilus, discovering Cressida's perfidy, is disillusioned.
Leander: In the Greek myth of Hero and Leander, Hero is a pledged virgin. Leander secretly swims the Hellespont each night to be with her, guided by a light in her window. One night, the wind blows out the flame and Leander drowns. Hero finds his body and kills herself.
Posted by thanatassa on March 23, 2012 at 4:15 PM (Answer #1)
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