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Thersites the ironist (Shakespeare the jester)
Thersites the ironist (Shakespeare the jester)

Author(s): Aneta Wadowska
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature
Published by: Uniwersytet Opolski
Keywords: Shakespeare; Troilus and Cressida; Thersites; irony

Summary/Abstract: This article discusses the way in which one of William Shakespeare‟s licensed fools, namely Thersites, becomes the dramatist‟s medium of ironic message and his spokesperson in one of the most controversial dramas of his time, Troilus and Cressida. On the basis of an analysis of the ironic content of the drama and the roles that Thersites fulfils, it will be shown that he deserves to be described as one of Shakespeare‟s wise fools. The jester will also be presented as the ironist and who, in contrast to other characters, is able to discern fully the real state of things which underlies the appearance. By his sarcastic remarks, filled with invective and mockery, Thersites shapes the perspective of the readers on the entire drama and on its characters, showing what war really is – a senseless and witless activity with “fools” fighting on both sides.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 44-58
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: English