One of five sons to Priam, the King of Troy. Is already in love with Cressida by the time we first meet him. Regarded by his peers as a with strong warrior, and highly praised.
Niece of Pandarus and Daughter to Calchas, a traitor who has joined the Greeks. A sophisticated, beautiful woman who's beauty is said to rival Helen of Troy's. Though at first she seems to be innocent and true, she is highly sexual and anything but naive. She reveals her expertise and talent in making lovers fall for her, with no remorse.
The elderly uncle of Cressida. Serves as a match-maker between his niece and Troilus and is never at a loss for words or sardonic wit. By the end of the play, Troilus has the utmost contempt and disgust for him and his lack of honor.
Famed Grecian warrior, who's arrogance and pride get the better of him. Creating a major problem for his army by refusing to fight, he is snubbed by his fellow warriors because of his arrogance and reclusiveness. Though his secret love for Polyxena (one of Priam's daughters) is the supposed reason for his unwillingness to fight, he is suspected by his peers of a homosexual affair with Patroclus, who often keeps him company. His cowardly attack upon the unarmed and out-numbered Hector and his treatment of the corpse, reveals Achilles as a dishonorable and contemptible character.
One of the five sons of King Priam, this prince is the premier warrior among the Trojans. Admired by Trojan and Greek warriors alike, he is truly both honorable and chivalrous. His death at the end of the play marks a major defeat of the Trojans.
A chivalrous Greek commander, arguably the "real" hero of the play. Sees the ingenuine Cressida for what she is, as well as identifying the grand problem that Achilles presents to the Grecian army.
A ridiculous, figure -comic, vain, stupid. Is too quickly fooled into believing that others consider him a better warrior than Achilles. A sort of "dumb-jock" with his senseless vanity and great physical stength.
A sort of cynical commentator of the action taking place. This deformed character can be argued to serve as a scathing, one-man version of a Greek chorus. Both comedic and vicious, he can't seem to find any good in anyone. He also admits that he is a coward.
Paris - the prince for whom Helen left the Greeks and in so doing, cause the Trojan War
forner wife to Menelaus, whom she left for Paris, thus triggering the Trojan War
the Greek General, also Menelaus's brother
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