Masarykova univerzita Filozofická fakulta Katedra anglistiky a amerikanistiky Bakalářská diplomová práce

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Troilus and Cressida was most likely written for a well-educated audience (Nutall in Martindale and Taylor 215). That is why the play is so intellectually demanding, and due to being "Shakespeare’s most thorough-going critique of the ancient world" (Bate 109), the audience is required to have relatively profound knowledge of history. Thanks to the fact that the personalities of ancient heroes in the play are depicted in a very different way from their mythical selves, one may learn "how images may be created and the past distorted" (Hodgson 46). This feature is another one that contributes to the play’s modernity. The play’s realism lies in the characters who are not as ideal and flawless as history has presented them. As Arnold adds, "both Euripides and Shakespeare ask their audiences, from their ironic distance, to reflect about the forces which can destroy their most cherished human values" (51). Therefore, one may observe that the depiction of people’s characters as well as the overall message of the play seem to, as in case of Euripides’ dramas, point to problems which are to be faced by humanity, as well as to people’s everyday lives rather than to exceptional deeds of mythical heroes.

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