Exploring Shakespearean Tragedy:

A New Critical Theory


By Paul H. and Robin Jaeckle Grawe

© 2024


See also

The Comedy-Tragedy Connection

Exploring Shakespearean Tragedy Contents

Synopsis of In Search of Shakespearean Tragedy

A Cheshire Smile:  Humor Texture and Personality in Shakespeare's Comedies











This study is a sequel to a preliminary study, In Search of Shakespearean Tragedy, and it not only builds a revolutionary theory of sub-tragedy genre but also works to identify contrastive dynamic powers for the four Great Tragedies: Macbeth, Othello, King Lear, and Hamlet.




1.  Introduction:  Shakespearean Tragedy, A Sub-Form of Tragedy

2.  The Tragedic Line Shakespearean Style 

3.  Variants of Shakespearean Other Forms of Action

4.  Variants of Shakespearean Tragedic Special Language

5.  Variants of Shakespearean Tragedic Spirit

6.  Dynamis:  The Power of Shakespeare’s Tragedies

7.  Variants of Shakespearean Tragedic Dynamis

    Appendix A: Defining Tragedy as a Genre


Synopsis of Macbeth

Synopsis of Othello

Synopsis of King Lear

Synopsis of Hamlet


Documents Pursuant to Exploring Shakespearean Tragedy

Synopsis of In Search of Shakespearean Tragedy

In Search of Shakespearean Tragedy: Tragedic Language, Tragedic Form 

The Comedy-Tragedy Connection: Comedy/Humor's Analog in Tragedy

Final Report: Tragedic Language/Painterly Qualities Experiment, Minnesota Marine Art Museum


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