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Top 20 Female Characters in Shakespeare

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frailty thy name is woman...

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Portia Report Abuse
from Merchant of Venice
37 points - added 7 years ago by plink - 3 comments
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Loyal, romantic and intelligent-- it doesn't get any better :)
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Must say Portia rules.
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Portia is intelligent, loyal (in adhering to the terms of her father's Will in "caskets "plot), & stands out among Shakespeare's women for her ingenuity in conceiving & carrying through her lawyer role in the courtroom scene.
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Desdemona Report Abuse
from Othello
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Beatrice Report Abuse
from Much Ado About Nothing. Full of fire and wit...
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Kate Report Abuse
The Taming of the Shrew
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Kate, the Shrew of the play's title, is passionate, strong-willed, and stubborn. The society (speaking both generally and to the specific society of her family) wants to do nothing but suppress these traits in her. The only character who truly understands Kate and is able to appreciate her uniqueness is Petruccio; and, although it seems like marrying him is the worst possible thing for her at first, it turns out that the two are perfectly matched, and are able to live a life set apart from the traditional boundaries which society has put in place for husbands and wives. After Petruccio has successfully tamed Kate, they form a true partnership which is made manifest in the play's happy ending.
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Cleopatra Report Abuse
from Antony and Cleopatra
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Rosalind Report Abuse
from As You Like It. Sparks the ultimate marriage of true minds.
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One of the largest female parts in Shakespeare, Rosalind is the central figure around which the mayhem that is As You Like It spirals. She is quick-witted, clever, charming, snarky, sassy, passionate and determined. The disguise of Ganymede allows her a freedom to explore her identity, and she uses the freedom to woo and be wooed, and to form a bond with Orlando based on more than love at first sight.
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Viola Report Abuse
Twelfth Night
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Lady Macbeth Report Abuse
from Macbeth. "...screw your courage to the sticking place..."
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Ophelia Report Abuse
from Hamlet
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Cordelia Report Abuse
From King Lear. "..so young, and so untender..."
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Paulina - The Winter's Tale Report Abuse
One of the few women in Shakespeare to orchestrate events
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Titania Report Abuse
A Midsummer Night's Dream
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Juliet Report Abuse
from Romeo and Juliet. "...what's in a name?"
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Love Juliet
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Miranda Report Abuse
The Tempest
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Nerissa from Merchant of Venice Report Abuse
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Nerissa is such a beautiful name! It's really cool! It doesn't sound like a Shakespearean name.
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Goneril Report Abuse
from King Lear
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Lavinia Andronicus Report Abuse
Titus Andronicus
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The Three Witches Report Abuse
from Macbeth. "Double, double, toil and trouble..."
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ya they are pretty good
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Helena Report Abuse
A Midsummer Night's Dream -very influential and memorable
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Regan Report Abuse
from King Lear
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Lady Capulet Report Abuse
Minor character, yet really dynamic. The fact that she is silent at the end of Romeo and Juliet speaks volumes.
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Cressida Report Abuse
Troilus and Cressida
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Isabella Report Abuse
Measure for Measure
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Nurse Report Abuse
from Romeo + Juliet
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Lady Anne Report Abuse
from Richard III
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