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  1. " The heavens themselves, the planets and this centre Observe degree, priority and place, Insisture, course, proportion, season, form, Office and custom, in all line of order; And therefore is the glorious planet Sol In noble eminence enthron’d and spher’d Amidst the other; whose med’cinable eye Corrects the ill aspects of planets evil, And posts, like the commandment of a king, Sans check, to good and bad: but when the planets In evil mixture to disorder wander, What plagues and what portents, what mutiny, What raging of the sea, shaking of earth, Commotion in the winds! frights, changes, horrors, Divert and crack, rend and deracinate The unity and married calm of states Quite from theirfixure! O, when degree is shak’d, Which is the ladder to all high designs, The enterprise is sick. ” Act 1, scene 3, lines 85-103 ”
  2. " Ulysses speaks at the Greek council. He explains that everything in the universe is orderly and obeys laws. The sun rules the planets, for example. If that order is disturbed, chaos results. He later compares this chaos to the lack of order and coherence within the Greek army, which is damaging the war effort. The common curse of mankind, folly and ignorance, be thine in great revenue. ”Act 2, scene 3, lines 28-30. ”
  3. " ;She is a theme of honor and renown, A spur to valiant and magnanimous deeds, Whose present courage may beat down our foes, And fame in time to come canonize us.&rdquo ” Act 2, scene 3, lines 200-203
  4. " Troilus speaks at the Trojan council. He speaks in favor of continuing the war rather than giving Helen up. He sees the war in terms of honor. The battles are also a chance for the warriors to win fame and renown.
  5. " O be thou my Charon, And give me swift transportance to those fields Where I may wallow in the lily beds Propos’d for the deserver!” Act 3, scene 2, lines 9-12
  6. " Troilus speaks to Pandarus, asking him to take him to Cressida. Charon is the ferryman in Greek mythology who ferries the dead souls over the River Styx to the paradise of Elysium. They say all lovers swear more performance than they are able and yet reserve an ability that they never perform, vowing more than the perfection of ten and discharging less than the tenth part of one. They that have the voice of lions and the act of hares, are they not monsters? ”Act 3, scene 2, lines 83-88
  7. " Cressida speaks to Troilus. She is engaging in banter with him about what lovers will promise each other. I see my reputation is at stake:My fame is shrewdly. ” Act 3, scene 3, lines 226-27
  8. " Achilles speaks to his friend Patroclus. He has just heard that Ajax is to fight Hector, and he fears that if Ajax does well, his own reputation as the greatest Greek warrior may be diminished.O you gods divine, Make Cressid’s name the very crown of falsehood,If she ever leave Troilus! ” Act 4, scene 2, Lines 102-04
  9. " Cressida seems unaware of her own nature here as she speaks these words to Pandarus. The irony is that the audience knows that Cressida will indeed leave Troilus, and that her name has since been used—just as she rhetorically asks the gods here, without presumably ever thinking that it would actually happen—to describe an unfaithful woman. Lechery, lechery; still, wars and lechery; nothing else holds fashion: a burning devil take them!” Act 5, scene 2, lines 193-95
  10. " Thersites speaks. He has just observed Diomedes’ courting of a willing Cressida and expresses his opinion that sex and lust, as well as a lust for war, are the operative motivators for Greek and Trojan alike. This is typical of Thersites’ cynical views, which he expresses often. So, Ilion, fall thou next! Come, Troy, sink down! Here lies they heart, they sinews, and thy bone. On Myrmidons, and cry you all amain Achilles hath the great Hector slain’.” Act 5, scene 10, lines 11-14


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