Shakespearean Tragedies

Topics: William Shakespeare, Macbeth / Pages: 8 (1777 words) / Published: Nov 8th, 2008
William Shakespeare started writing tragedies because he thought the tragic plots of his time were lacking artistic purpose and form. His work was extraordinary in that it was not of the norm for the time. His tragedies focused on the fall of a notable person, with suspense and climax thrown in to capture the attention of the audience. In the plays of Shakespeare, the tragic hero is always a noble man who enjoys some status and prosperity in society but possesses some moral weakness or flaw which leads to his downfall. External circumstances such as fate or supernatural entities also play a part in the hero's fall. Evil agents often act upon the hero and the forces of good, causing the hero to make wrong decisions. Innocent people always feel the fall in tragedies, as well. His most admired tragedies were written in a seven-year period between 1601 and 1608. These include his four major tragedies Hamlet, Othello, King Lear and Macbeth.
List of tragedies by William Shakespeare

* Romeo and Juliet * Macbeth * King Lear * Hamlet * Othello * Titus Andronicus * The Tragedy of Julius Caesar * Antony and Cleopatra * Coriolanus * The History of Troilus and Cressida * The Life of Timon of Athens * Cymbeline was listed in the First Folio as a tragedy although most modern readers regard it as a romance.

Your browser may not support display of this image.Hamlet is about an emotionally scarred young man trying to avenge the murder of his father, the king. The ghost of Hamlet's father appears to Hamlet, telling him that he was murdered by his brother, Claudius, who has now become the king. Claudius has also married Gertrude, the old king's widow and Hamlet's mother. To buy time to plot his revenge, Hamlet takes on an "antic disposition," acting like a madman and alienating himself from the young woman he loves, Ophelia. His opportunity to publicly reveal Claudius's guilt comes when a troupe of actors come to

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