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How many tragedies did Shakespeare write, and what are some of the titles?

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atlanta678 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted January 27, 2009 at 10:56 PM via web

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How many tragedies did Shakespeare write, and what are some of the titles?

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playsthething | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted January 27, 2009 at 11:11 PM (Answer #1)

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There are some plays that don't neatly fit into categories, or that seem to span categories.  For example, "Julius Caesar" could be considered a history or a tragedy.  "Pericles" could be considered a romance or a tragedy.  So the number of tragedies Shakespeare wrote can be disputed.  I'd put the number at around 14:  "Romeo and Juliet," "Macbeth," "Othello," "Hamlet," "TItus Andronicus," "Pericles," "Cymbeline," "Troilus and Cressida," "Timon of Athens," "King Lear," "Coriolanus," "Julius Caesar," Antony and Cleopatra."

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mpenza | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted January 27, 2009 at 11:25 PM (Answer #2)

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It is generally accepted that Shakespeare wrote 10 tragedies during his life time with one that is still disputed . (Cymbeline - which was regarded in his first Folio as a tragedy yet most agree today it is a romance)

William Shakespeare's Tragedies are as follows:
Romeo and Juliet
Macbeth
King Lear
Hamlet
Othello
Titus Andronicus
Julius Caesar
Antony and Cleopatra
Coriolanus
Timon of Athens

Shakespearean tragedies feature a main character (s)  with a tragic flaw that brings about his or her downfall. Easiest way to look at a Shakespearean tragedy is to know that the Tragic Hero is doomed and usually dies. The redemption in a Shakespearean Tragedy usually comes from someone close to the Tragic hero or the Tragic Hero himself realizing the tragic flaw and what the flaw has done to destroy his life. Where some would say that Shakespeare's view of human existence is the   we are all doomed by forces that are oft times beyond our control( either fate or urges that are inherent in the human condition) . Shakespeare wrote most of his most famous tragedies during the time period of 1601 - 1608.  Most English Classes in High School cover Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, and Hamlet. Some AP courses might cover Othello or King Lear depending on the teacher and the course content. If you love tragedy and enjoy reading Shakespeare you may want to try: Antony and Cleopatra and Titus Andronicus.

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zumba96 | TA , Grade 11 | (Level 2) Valedictorian

Posted December 1, 2014 at 6:24 AM (Answer #4)

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I believe the number is 10 tragedies he has written. Some of his most famous works within this category is Macbeth, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Julius Caesar and many more. While his work has spanned different categories such as Comedy to Tragedy to Histories, most of his famous works included romance. 

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thewanderlust878 | TA , Grade 12 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted December 3, 2014 at 9:14 PM (Answer #5)

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Shakespeare is known to have written about 40 plays total in his lifetime. Of those supposed 40 (some experts say 37, but no one is completely sure) about 10 were tragedies. The titles of these tragedies are:

Antony and CleopatraCoriolanusHamletJulius CaesarKing LearMacbethOthelloTimon of AthensTitus Andronicus, and of course, the extremely well known Romeo and Juliet. 

Hope this helped!

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samu1 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 26, 2010 at 10:15 AM (Answer #3)

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as i saw he has like 11 tragedies, 17 comedies, 10 histories, and 8 poems.

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