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Death by Shakespeare
""Exeunt severally..."Famous Shakespearean characters and their famous deaths. Do you recall how these characters died in the plays?"
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An easy one first. The star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet found it impossible to get past the family feuds of the Montagues and Capulets. Finally, both killed themselves, but by what means?
Self-asphyxiation and poison
Both jump off the balcony
Drinking poison and stabbing
Stabbing and death by fire
We all know how Julius Caesar was killed - he was stabbed 33 times on the Ides of March. But Brutus, surely the true protagonist of the play, dies too, before the end. How?
Swallowing hot coals
Running onto his sword
Killed by Mark Antony in revenge
Catching typhoid and succumbing to it
"The Tragedy of King Richard III" tells of the wily and villainous ways of Richard III, and the lengths to which he goes to get the throne. But how does he die?
Killed in battle by the Earl of Richmond
Smothered by the Duke of Buckingham
Killed in his bed by his wife, Queen Anne
Stabbed in the Tower by the Duke of Norfolk
"Hamlet, Prince of Denmark", being a play all about revenge, is bound to have more than a few dead bodies strewn around. Polonius, Lord Chamberlain and father of Ophelia, dies rather unfortunately. How?
His son Laertes kills him, mistaking his shadow for Hamlet
Drowning in the stream
Hamlet kills him, mistaking him for a rat behind the curtain
He drinks the poisoned cup meant for Queen Gertrude, by mistake
And what about Hamlet himself?
Killed by Fortinbras
Given a poisoned drink by the King
Nicked by Laertes' poisoned rapier and killed
Stabbed by Ophelia
Macbeth, arguably Shakespeare's most famous and complex tragic protagonist, commits innumerable murders to get himself to the coveted throne. He's finally killed - how?
Cursed to death by the three witches
Stabbed by Lady Macbeth
Slain in battle by Macduff
Beheaded by Malcolm
"Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale/Her infinite variety," which would perhaps explain Mark Antony's obsession for Cleopatra. But in the end she dies rather famously, too:
Slain by Octavius Caesar
Letting herself be stung by killer bees
Commits suicide by being bitten by an asp
"Othello, the Moor of Venice" is also a distrustful and jealous husband, who kills his beloved wife by smothering her. But how does Othello himself die?
Stabs himself to death
Killed by Iago, by poison
Starves himself to death
Slain in a duel by Cassio
"Troilus and Cressida" Shakespeare's rendition of the Trojan War shows different and unusual aspects of the famous Greek heroes Ulysses, Hector, Achilles, Agamemnon... In the play, how does Hector die?
Beaten to death by Ajax
Beheaded by Troilus
Slain by Ulysses
Ambushed and killed by Achilles and his Myrmidons
Finally, in "Antony and Cleopatra", how does Mark Antony die?
Poisoned by Agrippa
Killed in battle by Octavius Caesar
Stabbed by Eros
Falls on his sword
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Compiled Apr 02 13