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‘degree’ speech


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Ulysses’ speech in Troilus and Cressida (1. iii. 74–137), which expounds the common notion of a hierarchical principle binding the universe and preventing it from falling back into chaos. The speech has frequently been taken as evidence of Shakespeare's conservatism but the broader context of the play and characterization of Ulysses contradict such a simplistic suggestion.

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.


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