Discussion in 'books, films, TV, radio & writing' started by phildwyer, Feb 21, 2013.
Who is the best character in Shakespeare?
Also, what, no Cordelia?
A poll can't cover it. Too many plays, many many characters. You haven't even got Lear there.
All he does is go mad.
One-dimensional innit. Regan would be better.
you arse, there's no bottom
Yes, how could I forget him at a time like this...?
carter would be even better
Only you would vote for him.
Iago. By a long way. What a cunt's cunt.
we'll never know now because of your inability to construct a decent poll.
Richard III - though he is not on the list.
Of that list probably Iago - cunning, vicious, devious and with doubtful motivation
and no richard iii i see
one of the funniest shakespeare plays i've ever seen
Best I saw was Taming of the Shrew with a young Anthony Hopkins as a very swashbuckling Petruchio at the Chichester Festival Theatre.
Directed by Jonathon Miller. Joan Plowright as Kate...can't remember who else was in it, but it was brilliant, anyway.
But, seriously, Hamlet for me. Lots of depth but also realistic.
I love the play and I love the words but Hamlet is too angsty to be my favourite character. Iago, I'm telling you. You have to love a magnificent bastard.
an a-z of shakespearean characters: http://www.shakespeare-online.com/plays/characters/charactermain.html
Surprised at the lack of Malvolio, actually.
Atrocious, woman hating, list. Where's Beatrice? Viola? Titania? All vastly more interesting than Ophelia.
The inclusion of Caliban over Prospero is just perverse.
Anthony and Cleopatra when they interact, individually not so much.
And Benedick and Beatrice. Particularly Beatrice. Some great lines.
Against my will I am sent to bid you come in to dinner.
Fair Beatrice, I thank you for your pains.
I took no more pains for those thanks than you take
pains to thank me: if it had been painful, I would
not have come.
You take pleasure then in the message?
Yea, just so much as you may take upon a knife's
point ... You have no stomach,
signior: fare you well.
Ha! 'Against my will I am sent to bid you come in
to dinner;' there's a double meaning in that...
while there's disagreement on who the best character might be, there is general consensus that you've provided a pisspoor poll, even by your low standards.
Polonius is fucking great, all too easily and often overlooked.
Much Ado is probably the play I enjoy watching most, sharp and hilarious.
I'm sure you find him a great source of wisdom.
I like Dogberry's piss taking but seeing he isn't in the list I'd go for Falstaff, a likeable bloke despite his vanity.
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