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Shakespeare Comedies

Types of Shakespeare Plays

By Rebecca Ray and Kristy Littlehale

No matter what they were named, William Shakespeare’s plays would still be great works of art, so it may not matter what we call them. Generally though, Shakespeare wrote three types of plays: Tragedy, Comedy, and History.

Narrative Structure Lesson Plans

Narrative Structure

Lesson Plans by Rebecca Ray

Literature has many forms, and each form has its own unique structure for telling a story. When studying, teaching, or learning about narration in literature, it is also important to understand its underlying arrangement. How is it created? What are the parts of a story? What aspects differ from one form to another?

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Types of William Shakespearean plays - Shakespearean tragedy, comedy, history

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  • Tragedies (10 Written)
  • Histories (10 Written)
  • Comedies (18 Written)
  • • Serious Themes and Motifs • Death is Important • Contains a (Tragic) Hero with a Fatal Flaw; often a Nobleman
  • Elements of Tragedies
  • • Propaganda for Shakespearean Current Events • Real Figure from England's History • Embellishment of Plot and Characters
  • Elements of Histories
  • • Comedic Language • Plot Twists • Mistaken Identity • Wedding(s) or Reunion(s) • Love Obstacles
  • Elements of Comedies
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