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A Deconstruction of Nationalism

Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida is a historical play centered about the siege of Troy, a historical event that likely did not happen. Given the uncertainty of this potentially historical event, the text’s categorization as a historical play may be questionable. Perhaps the play draws some legitimacy as a historical piece not just from the siege of Troy, but also from the current political climate at the time of its initial performance. This idea then begs the question: why might Troilus and Cressida resonate with an Elizabethan audience? Continue reading