Tragedies are stories of misery, madness and murder. So why read (and watch) tragedy? It is one of literature’s most popular and enduring genres, but what possible enjoyment can an audience get from watching characters in the depths of despair? What does tragedy tell us about human existence? What does tragedy actually mean? In this series, we will examine all the different aspects of Tragedy and how you can apply it to your English Literature A Level. Written by Alan Scott, who is a senior examiner, it will provide you with the debate, analysis and examples of great tragedy.