William Shakespeare is defined by his tragedies. His unique ability to create a moral universe complete unto itself lends his characters t only their stamp of authenticity but their bid to eternity as well. This invaluable writing guide offers students strategies and perspectives on writing about the fated lives of King Lear, Julius Caesar. Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, Romeo, Juliet, and the other vibrantly flawed personages he introduced to the world stage. Bloom's How to Write about Shakespeare's Tragedies provides overviews of each discussed work, giving researchers the information they need to write effectively on the subject. Sample essay topics and an introduction from Shakespearean scholar Harold Bloom completes the volume.