Characters by part sizes

This table gives a line count for each character in the plays. The results can be shown in ascending or descending order by clicking on the headword above each column.

Some characters may occur two or three times in the list. This is because their character name alters in the play. For example, in Richard III Richard becomes  King Richard in Act IV, so his lines thereafter are shown separately. And similarly, when two or more characters speak at the same time, such as Marcellus in Hamlet, who speaks alone, and then with Barnardo and with Horatio, the three speech situations are shown individually.
  • Clicking on Character name lists speakers in alphabetical order.
  • Clicking on Play name groups all characters of a play together, with plays in alphabetical order (ignoring 'A' and 'The').
  • Clicking on Line count presents the list in ascending order; clicking again restores the descending order.
  • Clicking on Words count presents the list in ascending order; clicking again restores the descending order.
  • Clicking on an individual character name takes you to the place in the play where that charater first speaks.
  • Clicking on an individual Play name takes you to the Circle for that play.
  • Clicking on an individual line count take you to a page showing all the lines for that character.
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