From the article: Top 5 Shakespeare Characters
Shakespeare has written some of the best characters in the history of literature. We’ve put together our top 5 list of Shakespeare characters, but who do you think should be included? Nominate your favorite Shakespeare characters here and share your reasons with others. Nominate Your Character
- Rosalind- As you like it, Katherina - Taming of the shrew, Beatrice and Benedick - Much ado about nothing, Prospero - Tempest, Cordelia - King Lear
- —Guest HistoryGirl
- How is Sir John Falstaff not on this list? It should be Hamlet and then Falstaff. These are the two most important characters in the English language. Macbeth should not be on this list, the dude was made to fail. Read the First Folio version of the text. He is an idiot who has no independent thought who only does what he is told is right. The folio version will show he is not as well spoken as the masses are led to believe. Falstaff is funny, he is a teacher of life, he is a bad guy and knows his faults. He is the reason to read Henry IV, hell Queen Elisabeth noticed how good of a character he was and had Shakespeare put him in another play "Merry Wives of Windser". He appeares in and is mentioned in Henry IV 1&2 mentioned in Henry V and is in MWW. How the freak can you leave him off?
- —Guest Jared
- I have always favoured some of the more minor/ less appreciated characters such as Macduff and Celia. I also both love and dislike Hamlet; I like him for his intelligence and deep understanding of life, but I feel angry and disgusted by his treatment of poor Ophelia. In the beginning of Macbeth, I liked Macbeth but by his death I wanted to kick him. That is one of the reasons I like Macduff so much; another is his sincere love for his family and country. He is the only one in whole play that actually realizes that even tough men have feelings and he embraces his softer side, unlike Macbeth. I also like some of Shakespeare leading ladies like Viola and Rosalind. I am amused by their wit and grace. My favorite female characters are Rosalind, Viola, Lady Macduff, Ophelia, and both Portias. My least favorite is either Cleopatra of Tamora. My favorite male characters are Macduff, Hamlet, Orlando, Malcolm, Horatio, Brutus, and Orsino. My least favorites are Antony and Richard III.
- —Guest maddycaddy100
- Juliet - Romeo and Juliet Lady Macbeth - Macbeth They are both VERY well known and i think that they should bothe be on there! i know Lady Macbeth is but Juliet should be too!
- —Guest BlibbleBlobble
Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet
- That would depend on whether you are into tragedy or not? I personally like Macbeth for the themes and references to witches, backstabbing and murder, people will argue Romeo and Juliet is best but star struck lovers is far too cliche. If you like tragedy also look up Othello, it's my personal favourite for taking into play ethnic diversity.
- —Guest csIKuTaWT
- If any one is a Shakespeare, he or she wouldn't be a desdnecant of the English author or his brothers either!William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway had three children: Susanna (1583), and twins, daughter, Judith, and son, Hamnet (1585-1596). Since Hamnet died from the bubonic plague at age 11, Shakespeare has no recorded male desdnecants who bear his name.Of course, the playwright was also the first-born son of John Shakespeare, a glover, and Mary Arden, of Stratford upon Avon. Besides William, John and Mary had five other children who survived to adulthood, including three sons, Gilbert (1566-1612), Edmund (1580-1607), and Richard (1574-1613). Since William was the only son who married and had children, and his only son died in childhood, there are no direct, legitimate male desdnecants of either William Shakespeare or his brothers with the last name of Shakespeare.
- —Guest LEmsNthLxkGGe
- Dogberry because he is one of Shakespeare's funniest characters, with his malaprop"s and all.
- —Guest Fred
- The comic anti-hero. Free from superego and societal expectations of "honour." He is the embodiment of Carnival and fun. "Banish plump Jack and banish all the world."
- —Guest Yeahhhh
- What other character besides Iago is a foil to every other character in the play? PLAYS when considering Falstaff. Falstaff is complex, funny and interesting. This is really a no brainer!
- —Guest Mischief
- It has to be 'Richard 111'. Imagine the looks on the faces of the audience as this misshapen wretch shuffles to the front of a very big stage, and begins to speak such rhetoric as they have never heard before!
- —Guest robert williams
My favourite character
- Richard III. It's a great play but I really like Laurence Olivier's version. It's full of skill!
- —Guest RichardIII1955
- I can't believe no one has put him here! A plague on these people!
- —Guest Mercutio
fav Shakes character
- I like Berowne in LLL. He's so foolish, yet so romantic. His speeches about love can carry you away.
Henry IV Part 1
- Sir John Falstaff is the most interesting character. He combines in himself wit, intelligence, innovation and improvisation. His language is the richest in colour and flavour. He is one of the finest specimens of English aristocracy seen drunk.
- —Guest Dr ID Shukla
Favorite Shakespeare Characters
- Juliet, Olivia, Puck, Cassandra, Portia - all roles (except Puck) that I have played.
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