Four hundred years after Shakespeare's death, his characters live on. It's the rare person who doesn't know about Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, or Othello. And most of us has an inkling about who Lady Macbeth is and can likely quote more Shakespearean lines than we realize we've memorized.
The Bard's dramas revolve around confrontation: parent and child, sovereign against sovereign, man versus magic, or man versus himself. (And I refer here to women, too.) To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death on April 23, we are bringing back our Book Duel, pitting character against character in battles of wits and wills—and you, the reader, decide who will win.
UPDATE: The winner for the Shakespeare Character duel has been announced. Go HERE to find out who won the final duel!
Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery—the creators of the graphic novel series Kill Shakespeare—have enormous experience with sending Shakespeare's characters in battle against each other. For this epic book duel, they brainstormed four brackets: the Bracket of Death, the Bracket of Magic, the Bracket of Villains, and the Bracket of Clever Words. They've also helpfully reminded us of the strengths and weaknesses of each character in case you (like me) kinda forgot who Aaron was from Titus Andronicus. And of course the killer art is from their graphic novels as well.
Del Col and McCreery's brackets:
HAMLET, from Hamlet
- Tormented, Brilliant, Idealist
KING LEAR, from King Lear
- Prideful, Irrational, Reckless
OTHELLO, from Othello
- Leader, Patient, Jealous
JULIET, from Romeo and Juliet
- Passionate, Dedicated, Dreamer
PROSPERO, from The Tempest
- Wrathful, Machiavellian, Powerful
LADY MACBETH, from Macbeth
- Aggressive, Treacherous, Resourceful
PUCK, from A Midsummer's Night Dream
- Inventive, Whimsical, Trickster
THE WEIRD SISTERS, from Macbeth
- Enigmatic, Compelling, Grotesque
IAGO, from Othello
- Manipulative, Jealous, Eloquent
TAMORA, from Titus Andronicus
- Sensual, Ambitious, Cut-throat
RICHARD III, from Richard III
- Covetous, Scheming, Twisted
AARON, from Titus Andronicus
- Diabolical, Cunning, Outsider
KATE, from The Taming of the Shrew
- Clever, Belligerent, Shrewd
FALSTAFF, from multiple plays
- Jovial, Roguish, Lazy
BEATRICE, from Much Ado About Nothing
- Cynical, Stubborn, Vulnerable
BENEDICK, from Much Ado About Nothing
- Cynical, Stubborn, Loyal
You decide who wins the first round of book duels. Vote below! If you can't see the poll, please vote in our comments area.
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