Troilus and Cressida

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Paris is a character in William Shakespeare's play Troilus and Cressida. He is a Trojan prince and the younger brother of Hector, the bravest warrior of Troy. Paris is known for his good looks, charm, and romantic nature. He plays a significant role in the Trojan War and is involved in the love affair between Troilus and Cressida.

Paris is introduced as a peace-loving prince who is more interested in love and beauty than in war. Despite his reputation as a skilled fighter, Paris is portrayed as a somewhat cowardly character who is not as brave or honorable as his brother Hector. He is often criticized for his lack of bravery and his role in starting the Trojan War.

The Judgment of Paris

Paris became famous for his role in the Judgment of Paris, a story from Greek mythology. According to the myth, Paris was asked to judge a beauty contest between three goddesses: Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite. Each goddess tried to bribe Paris with a gift in exchange for being named the most beautiful. Paris chose Aphrodite, who promised him the most beautiful woman in the world, Helen of Sparta.

This choice eventually led to the Trojan War, as Helen was already married to Menelaus, the king of Sparta. Paris abducted Helen, which enraged the Greeks and led to their invasion of Troy. Paris's actions are often seen as the main cause of the war and the downfall of the Trojans.

In Troilus and Cressida, Paris is depicted as a conflicted character torn between his love for Helen and his loyalty to his family and country. He is criticized by the other characters for his role in the war and for his perceived lack of honor. Paris's character serves as a cautionary tale about the consequences of selfish actions and the destructive power of love and desire.