The setting of Shakespeare's tragedy "Hamlet" is the fictional castle of Elsinore in Denmark during the Middle Ages. The first version of the play was published in 1603, followed by the second in 1604 and a third in 1623.
In each subsequent published version of the play, noticeable changes were made to lines and scenes that made each edition unique. The play tells the story of a young Danish prince named Hamlet who discovers that his recently deceased father, the King of Denmark, was murdered by Hamlet's uncle, Claudius. Hamlet's subsequent quest for vengeance drives the plot of the play. The play contains the well-known "To be or not to be" speech in which Hamlet wrestles with his decision to kill Claudius.Learn More
"Macbeth" is considered a tragedy because of the dark themes that the Shakespearean play explores. Greed, lies, betrayal and murder all occur in the story and serve to tear a family, and consequently an entire kingdom, apart. Although the title of the play refers to the Scottish general Macbeth, the character of Lady Macbeth is widely considered the most-memorable and tragic figure in the story.Full Answer >
Sophocles' tragedy "Antigone" contains dramatic irony with the decision of Creon to bury one of Antigone's brothers with honor but not the other and with Antigone's determination and strength when contrasted with the characters' view of women as weak. In addition, Creon's dialogue often is filled with verbal irony stemming from his lack of awareness of the truth, which contrasts with the reader's knowledge.Full Answer >
Although opinions differ in the analysis of character roles in William Shakespeare's tragedy "Macbeth," one primary view states that Macduff is a heroic antagonist because he is opposed to the tragic protagonist Macbeth. However, a case can be made that Macbeth is both a protagonist and an antagonist.Full Answer >
William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" is generally regarded as a tragedy because it features dramatic and devastating events when the two main protagonists die at the end. It doesn't, however, fit the conventional mode of Greek tragedies.Full Answer >