Jacobean Tragedies

Jacobean Tragedies

Jacobean period is also popular for the tragedy plays produced by the playwrights of this period. During Jacobean era, tragedy as a genre of play was fully developed. Tragedies had dark mood to the drama. Some of the popular tragedies were written by play

Jacobean Tragedies

1) William Shakespeare

He primarily belonged to the Elizabethan era, but most of his popular work was written during the Jacobean period. He was a writer, poet and even an actor. Shakespeare is known to have written his plays in verses. Popular tragedy plays King Lear and Macbeth were written during this time. Shakespeare was also known to have invented several words and phrases that are used today in our everyday communication.

Jacobean Tragedies

2) John Webster’s tragedy

He wrote plays during the same time as Shakespeare. His best work includes tragedies like The White Devil and The Duchess of Malfi.

The Duchess of Malfi

He also wrote a tragicomedy titled The Devil’s Law Case.

John Webster jacobean playwright

3) Tragedies by Thomas Middleton

He was considered to be one of the best playwrights of this time. His comedy and tragedy were well appreciated. ‘The Challenging’, ‘Women Beware Women’, ‘A Yorkshire Tragedy’, ‘Timon of Athens’ were well appreciated tragedy plays. He wrote tragicomedies like ‘A Fair Quarrel’, ‘The Old Law’, ‘No Wit, No Help Like a Women’s’. He even wrote a play based on Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’.

Thomas Middleton

5) Thomas Kyd’s famous tragedy

He wrote revenge tragedy titled ‘The Spanish Tragedy’.

Thomas Kyd Playwright

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