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The First Folio distinguishes eleven plays as tragedies; in order of printing Coriolanus, Titus Andronicus, Romeo and Juliet, Timon of Athens, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Hamlet, King Lear, Othello, Antony and Cleopatra, and Cymbeline. The last is now classed as a comedy, or romance.

Troilus and Cressida, now classed as a comedy or problem play, was to have been grouped among the tragedies, but was withdrawn and placed between the histories and tragedies.

Four of Shakespeare's histories, 3 Henry VI, King John, Richard II, and Richard III, have strongly tragic characteristics, including the death of the protagonist.

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.


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