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Shakespeare’s tragedies. Andra Prems XI B. Shakespeare’s tragedies. Shakespeare wrote tragedies from the beginning of his career Tragedies appeared during his pessimistic period when he transformed from a merry story-teller into a severe critic and judge

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Shakespeare’s tragedies
  • Shakespeare wrote tragedies from the beginning of his career
  • Tragedies appeared during his pessimistic period when he transformed from a merry story-teller into a severe critic and judge
  • One of his earlies plays was Titus Andronicus
  • His most admired tragedies were written between 1601 and 1608
tragedies and characters
Tragedies and characters
  • Shakespeare had faith in man’s virtue
  • Evil forces are victorious only to a certain point
  • In the end good always wins
  • Charaters have universal personalities
  • They are real, ordinary, live men
heart tragedies
“Heart” tragedies
  • “Heart” tragedies involve a pair lovers torn apart by fate and society
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Antony and Cleopatra
head tragedies
“Head tragedies”
  • “Head” tragedies feature fatally-flawed protagonist fully capable of free will who unfortunately has his good traits overcome by ego
  • Defined by their relationship to Greek philosopher Aristotle’s theories of dramatic tragedy
  • Titus Andronicus
  • Hamlet
  • Macbeth
  • King Lear
heart head borderline
Heart/head borderline
  • Some of Shakespeare’s tragedies are considered to be boderline heart/head tragedies as they combine elements of both genres
  • Othello
  • Troilus and Cressida
list of tragedies by william shakespeare
List of tragedies by William Shakespeare
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • King Lear
  • Hamlet
  • Macbeth
  • Othello
  • Julius Caesar
  • Antony and Cleopatra
  • Coriolanus
  • The History of Troilus and Cressida
  • The Life of Timon of Athens
  • Titus Andronicus
  • Cymbeline
hamlet
Philosophical drama, the tragedy of a humanist

Yound Prince Hamlet exacts revenge on his uncle Claudius

Believed to have been written between 1599 and 1601

Shakespeare’s longest and most frequently performed plays

Hamlet
romeo and juliet
Tragedy about two young lovers

One of Shakespeare’s most popular plays

Romeo and Juliet
othello
Othello revolves around four central characters: Othello, Desdemona, Cassio, trusted ensign lago.

Racism, love, jealousy, betrayal

Othello