What is tragic about Shakespeares tragedies? We are not asking whether these plays fit into some plausible theory of what the tragic is. Robert Marchant offers no explanatory hypotheses of tragedy and proposes to explore no line. In A Picture of Shakespearess Tragedies he sets out to describe moment by salient moment the action of each of the great tragedies, with the aim of letting show more clearly the peculiar development in which it consists. He sets out the dramatic action in a perspicuous presentation that is a picture of the internal relations in which the dramatic events stand.