What is a comedy in Shakespearean drama

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The main points of Shakespeare's tragedies in brief.

Status: 03/31/2015 | archive

The tragedies and comedies of William Shakespeare (probably 04/26/1564 - 04/23/1616) are among the most influential works in world literature.

Intrigue, intrigue, urge for power, jealousy, hatred, desire - his tragedies are based on the most fundamental human weaknesses and characteristics. Shakespeare made use of historical or literary models (Wars of the Roses) for his plays, settling them in Greek mythology, at court (royal dramas) or in Venice. Shakespeare always played with the height of the fall: his protagonists are respected and powerful and become tragic heroes with whom the audience suffers the more the higher they fall.

Shakespeare no longer stuck to the classic three units, but told with leaps in time and changes of location. He also introduced comic characters into his tragedies.

"Othello" (printed in 1622), "Hamlet" (printed in 1603), "King Lear" (printed in 1608), "Romeo and Juliet" (printed in 1599), "Macbeth" (printed in 1623).

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It sounds ironic: the wealthier William Shakespeare became, the more he preferred to deal with tragic subjects. His tragedies grew melancholy. Perhaps because he knew that the king under whose protection he was able to withdraw his favor quickly.