Shakespeare Character Duel - Round One Begins!

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.

Bloody PenThe 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:

  Bracket Round 1

 

The characters:

HamletHAMLET, from Hamlet

- Tormented, Brilliant, Idealist

 

Lear-100-67KING LEAR, from King Lear

- Prideful, Irrational, Reckless

 

OthelloOTHELLO, from Othello

- Leader, Patient, Jealous

 

Juliet-67JULIET, from Romeo and Juliet

- Passionate, Dedicated, Dreamer

 

Prospero-67PROSPERO, from The Tempest

- Wrathful, Machiavellian, Powerful 

 

LadymacbethLADY MACBETH, from Macbeth

- Aggressive, Treacherous, Resourceful 

 

Puck-67PUCK, from A Midsummer's Night Dream

- Inventive, Whimsical, Trickster

 

Wyrd Sisters

 

 

 

THE WEIRD SISTERS, from Macbeth

- Enigmatic, Compelling, Grotesque

 

IagoIAGO, from Othello

- Manipulative, Jealous, Eloquent

 

TamoraTAMORA, from Titus Andronicus

- Sensual, Ambitious, Cut-throat

 

Richard_Big-cropped67RICHARD III, from Richard III

- Covetous, Scheming, Twisted

 

Aaron-67AARON, from Titus Andronicus

- Diabolical, Cunning, Outsider

 

Kate-67KATE, from The Taming of the Shrew

- Clever, Belligerent, Shrewd

 

FalstaffFALSTAFF, from multiple plays

- Jovial, Roguish, Lazy

 

Beatrice-67BEATRICE, from Much Ado About Nothing

- Cynical, Stubborn, Vulnerable

 

Benedick-67BENEDICK, 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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