Troilus and Cressida | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Stephen X. Mead

This literature criticism consists of approximately 31 pages of analysis & critique of Troilus and Cressida.
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Critical Essay by Stephen X. Mead

SOURCE: “‘Thou Art Chang'd’: Public Value and Personal Identity in Troilus and Cressida,” in Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Vol. 22, No. 2, Spring, 1992, pp. 237-59.

In the following essay, Mead suggests that the instability of the Renaissance economy is reflected in the metaphors of coinage used in Troilus and Cressida to describe the shifting moral stances and unreliable characters within the play.

There are two sorts of wealth-getting … that which consists of exchange is justly censured; for it is unnatural, and a mode by which men gain from one another.

—Aristotle, Politics

As a dramatist and businessman, Shakespeare knew the vagaries of the theater business and the shifting faces of currency in the Elizabethan economy. Even in a period in which money was a frequent topic on the stage, Shakespeare distinguishes...

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