Additional Reading Material

I encourage all of you to pick another tragedy to read over the break and the coming term. This will help you to solidify and expand the breadth of your knowledge about the genre. You will also need additional material to discuss for our Significant Connections assessment later this year.


You can find a suggestions list here. Alternatively, if you have a text in mind that is not on this list, come and speak with me about it.


Below are a selection of PDF’s that you can download and read at your leisure. They are all play’s, as this is how Aristotle believed a tragedy should be delivered “in dramatic rather than narrative form”.


The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Download (PDF, 5.81MB)

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Download (PDF, 222KB)


The Crucible by Authur Miller

Download (PDF, 274KB)

Death of a Salesman by Authur Miller

Download (PDF, 1.29MB)

Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

Download (PDF, 374KB)


You can also delve into some additional films that replicate or adapt tragic plays or stories.


Othello directed by Oliver Parker (1995)

Titus directed by Julie Taymor (1999)

There are many film adaptations of Romeo and Juliet (one inspired by the story is West Side Story directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, another is Romeo and Juliet directed by Baz Luhrmann). Macbeth has recently been adapted into a feature film, using the title Macbeth and directed by Justin Kurzel, released in 2015.

Many of the written texts above have multiple film adaptations. I encourage you to mix it up and view something that you have not read from above.



Posted by Renee Plunkett

Teacher of English at Mount Aspiring College, Wanaka, New Zealand.

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