Date of Award


Degree Type

Bachelors Essay

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)




It is the purpose of this paper to discover the formula for a typical Shakespearean tragedy by an analysis of four of the later tragedies, "Hamlet," "Macbeth," "King Lear," and "Antony and Cleopatra." Knowing that Shakespeare employed various dramatic devices to secure his effects, I propose to find out in what way his dramatic technique in the play "Antony and Cleopatra" differs from that of the three preceding plays.

By examining the technical divisions of each Shakespearean tragedy and the use of the various dramatic elements which Shakespeare employed, I believe the outstanding differences in the dramatic technique will be made apparent. The discussion of the four plays and the comparison of their dramatic techniques has been taken largely from the .plays themselves, but I have also received much valuable information from various books of criticism, particularly from Bradley's Shakespeare Studies." I hope that by employing this method in attacking the problem that both my reader and I will profit, inasmuch as a more thorough understanding of the plays, a keener appreciation of Shakespeare as a dramatic artist, and an increased knowledge of drama and dramatic technique should follow this study.


A Thesis submitted to the Faculty of the College of Liberal Arts, Marquette University, in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts.