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Shakespeare wrote tragedies from the beginning of his career. One of his earliest plays was the Roman tragedy Titus Andronicus, which he followed a few years later with Romeo and Juliet. However, 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, along with Antony & Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Cymbeline, Julius Caesar and the lesser-known Timon of Athens and Troilus and Cressida.
List of tragedies by William Shakespeare
- Titus Andronicus
- Romeo and Juliet
- Julius Caesar
- Troilus and Cressida
- Timon of Athens
- King Lear
- Antony and Cleopatra
- Cymbeline was listed in the First Folio as a tragedy, but it is now usually included among Shakespeare's late romances.
In addition to these, Shakespeare also wrote a number of plays about English history, such as Richard II, which can be considered a tragedy, as the hero of the play exhibits many of Aristotle's definitions of what is required to obtain "tragic" status.
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