Here's a game to play. I'm curious if you'll all indulge me, or think I'm nuts.
Take a tragedy, and tell me what it's about....in one word.
I'll steal the easy one: Macbeth is about ambition.
Who's next? Feel free to repeat if someone else uses your play, especially if you have a different word in mind.
(The tragedies, for whoever needs a reminder: King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Anthony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Titus Andronicus, Timon of Athens. I'm only really expecting folks to hit on the first 7 or so, I think the last three are less well known to casual readers.)
[The idea springs from a conversation with a coworker where Anthony and Cleopatra came up, and I was trying to explain why although I read it in high school I think I would better appreciate it now, later in life. I tried for a comparison, "If Romeo and Juliet is _______, then Anthony and Cleopatra is ________" and found that while I had the answer straight in my head, I couldn't adequately explain it in as few words as possible. So I wondered if we could collaboratively come up with a single word that would encapsulate each of the great tragedies.]