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Jacobean Plays



During the reign of King James I, the theatre and literature were flourishing because of the works of the popular dramatists. The plays had different genres to them like- comedy, tragedy, history, romance and so on. However, the most popular genres during the Jacobean period were tragedy, comedy and tragedicomedy.

Famous tragedy plays

Jacobean Tragedy were plays which had a dark mood to the drama. Tragedy plays actually developed during the reign of King James I. Revenge Tragedy was popular during those times. Finest examples of revenge tragedy were 'The Spanish Tragedy' by Thomas Kyd and 'Hamlet' by William Shakespeare. Other famous revenge tragedies included plays like 'The White Devil', 'Tis Pity She's a Whore' and 'The Challenging'.

The Spanish Tragedie

In Tragedicomedy, both elements like tragedy and comedy were included. One of the best examples of this type of plays was 'The Winter's Tale'. Of the many playwrights of that time, William Shakespeare and Thomas Middleton can be said to be the playwrights who were successful not only in writing comedy, but also tragedy.

Comedy plays

Jacobean Comedy was also famous by the name of City Comedy. Comedies were satires based on life experiences of people who lived in the busy city of London. Ben Jonson was well-known for his comedy plays. His earliest work includes plays like 'Every Man Out of his Humour'. He also wrote other comedy plays titled 'Epicone' and 'Volpone'. Thomas Middleton also wrote famous comedy plays like 'A Trick To Catch the Old One' and 'A Chaste Maid in Cheapside'. Apart from Thomas Middleton, William Shakespeare was a successful playwright who produced comedy and tragedy.

Along with pure comedy which had elements of satire and humour, another kind of comedy plays were written during this period. These were known as 'Tragedicomedy'. In this type of a play, both elements like tragedy and comedy were included. One of the best examples of this type of plays was 'The Winter's Tale'. Of the many playwrights of that time, William Shakespeare and Thomas Middleton can be said to be the playwrights who were successful not only in writing comedy, but also tragedy.

   
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