Shakespeare's Tragedies: A Very Short Introduction
Tragedy, including grief, pain and suffering, is a common theme in Shakespeare's plays, often leading to the death of at least one character, if not several. Yet such themes can also be found in Shakespearian plays which are classed as comedies, or histories. What is it which makes a
Shakespearian tragedy, and what dramatic themes and conventions did the bard draw upon when writing them?
In this Very Short Introduction Stanley Wells considers what is meant by the word 'tragedy', and discusses nine of Shakespeare's iconic tragic plays. He explores how the early definitions and theoretical discussions of the concept of tragedy in Shakespeare's time would have influenced these plays,
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what is a tragedy?
Tragedies on the stages of Shakespeares time
Romeo and Juliet
Timon of Athens