These plays look at love and life from very different vantage points: those of innocence and experience. Romeo and Juliet was written early in Shakespeare's career. It was in fact the first play he wrote after receiving a full share in the Lord Chamberlain's Men, and it has been a success from its first performance to this very day. Troilus and Cressida was written in the second half of Shakespeare's career and deals with its subject matter (episodes from the Trojan War) in ways that some scholars have called dark, even cynical, but entirely fascinating. This course will allow us to compare and contrast the two works, with the help of video presentations with subtitles.