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Histories were typically based on the lives of English Kings (except for Macbeth & King Lear, which are regarded as a tragedies).
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Comedies: "My Oberon! What visions have I seen!" ~ Titania
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Almost all of the plays written after the plague hit London are comedies, perhaps reflecting the public's desire at the time for light-hearted fare. Courtesy of the Shakespeare Resource Center.
Establishing the chronology of Shakespeare's plays is difficult because it is impossible to know the exact order of succession. There is no record of the first production date of any of Shakespeare's works. ©1999-2012 Amanda Mabillard.
The Romances featured plays with redemptive plot lines, happy endings, fantastical images and other magical elements. Courtesy of the Shakespeare Resource Center.
Written during Shakespeare's darkest periods, these plays were riddled with tales of betrayal, murder, lust, power and egoism. Courtesy of the Shakespeare Resource Center.