Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare

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What are some similarities and differences between Cressida and Juliet in Troilus and Cressida and Romeo and Juliet?  

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These two Shakespeare characters are ripe for a comparisons and contrast study.  On the surface, their similarities – two young women in love with men from warring families – cry out for comparison, but at a close look, their differences show two differing approaches to Shakespeare’s story-telling techniques.  Juliet, the most familiar figure to modern readers, is a typical teenager, in love with the idea of love, entranced by Romeo’s romantic gestures and social unavailability – the “bad boy” appeal – and defiant of the taboo relationship, seeking the help of grown-ups – the nurse and the friar – acting on her belief that she and Romeo...

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