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William Shakespeare:

The Man, The Myth, The Legend

William Shakespeare portrait
From the National Portrait Gallery

1564 - 1616

Fun Shakespeare Facts

 

Shakespeare's Tragedies

The Shakespeare tragedies share a number of common features:

  • The fatal flaw. Shakespeare’s tragic heroes are all fundamentally flawed. It is this weakness that ultimately leads to their downfall.‚Äč
  • The bigger they are, the harder they fall. The Shakespeare tragedies often focus on the fall of a nobleman. By presenting the audience with a man with excessive wealth or power, his eventual downfall fall is all the more tragic.
  • External pressures. Shakespeare’s tragic heroes often fall victim to external pressures. Fate, evil spirits and manipulative characters all play a hand in the hero’s downfall.

The plays often overlap in style and there is debate over which plays should be classified as tragedy, comedy, and history.

The 10 plays generally classified as tragedy are as follows:

  1. Antony and Cleopatra
  2. Coriolanus
  3. Hamlet
  4. Julius Caesar
  5. King Lear
  6. Macbeth
  7. Othello
  8. Romeo and Juliet
  9. Timon of Athens
  10. Titus Andronicus
 

Shakespeare Biography

 

Shakespeare: The History of English

 

Shakespearean Dating Tips

 

Insults from Shakespeare

Shakespeare's Start

The Globe Theatre

Outside the Globe Theatre
Chadwick, N. “The Globe Theatre.” Geograph, Geograph.org.uk, 2 Oct. 2010, www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2092625.

The Globe Theatre
The present theatre is a reconstruction of the original theatre, which was demolished in 1644. The present building opened in 1997 and has regular Shakespearian performances.

The Shakespeare App

Take Shakespeare with you wherever you go! Free app with the complete works and a searchable concordance to find the words or phrase you're looking for. For Apple and Android.

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