the tragedy of coriolanus

  • Looks like a comedy and is a comedy: As You Like It, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night
  • Looks like a comedy but is actually kind of a tragedy: Merchant of Venice, Taming of the Shrew, possibly Much Ado About Nothing
  • Looks like a tragedy and is a tragedy: Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, Coriolanus
  • Looks vaguely tragic but might be a comedy: Cymbeline, the puppet show version of Titus Andronicus

My rage is gone; And I am struck with sorrow.—Take him up:— Help, three o’ the chiefest soldiers; I’ll be one.— Beat thou the drum, that it speak mournfully; Trail your steel pikes. Though in this city he Hath widow’d and unchilded many a one, Which to this hour bewail the injury, Yet he shall have a noble memory.— Assist.

[Exeunt, bearing the body of CORIOLANUS. A dead march sounded.]