[A] number of strong connecting links have been discerned between Troilus and Cressida, Alls Well and Measure for Measure and it is worth specifying their precise nature in an attempt to evaluate the argument for grouping together these three plays as opposed to other possible combinations. The first significant unifying feature of these plays is that we are left pondering the questions raised by the action rather than contemplating the sense of loss characteristic of tragedy or of feeling the release or joy inherent in Shakespeares romantic comedies. Whatever affinities these plays may share with Hamlet or Timon of Athens the feelings engendered by those plays are different and belong distinctly to the world of tragedy. Thus we are caught up with the problems which form the stuff of these plays and feel at a loss to categorise them. They are truly problem plays.
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