Shakespeare – Troilus and Cressida

Thersites the Anti-Hero Although set firmly within it, I see Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida as no extension of the Epic Cycle, but rather a tactically positioned critique of its classical hero culture. This does not by any means suggest an assault on Homer, the epic poets, or epic poetry itself, yet a tone of resounding polemic […]

Shakespeare – Julius Caesar

Tragica Res Publica – Brutus as the Republic’s Hamartia It would be wrong to consider Caesar as this play’s tragic hero, but his oft-cited replacement, Brutus, can be seen as Shakespeare’s personification of the true victim’s ‘fatal flaw’… this victim being the Roman Republic itself. Given the valiance of Brutus, his selfless sacrifice, his commitment to […]