Here Is Proof That William Shakespeare Was Crueler Than George R.R. Martin

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2:09 pm 22 Dec, 2015

You know that ‘Game of Thrones’ is gory.

So many people have died in the last five seasons of GOT that fan counts bring the tally to around 5,348, including soldiers who died in battles, hapless few who were eaten by the dragons or unfortunate some who were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

 

But did you know that one of the world’s most famous playwrights was the master in killing off characters as much as he was a wizard in weaving story-lines?

Yes, William Shakespeare killed nearly as many people in the intervening period of late 16th and early 17th centuries in England as Martin killed in the 20th and 21st.

Take a look at this chart.

Deaths Shakespeare


 

A total of 74 significant deaths occurred in the Bard’s plays. A breakdown of the chart describes 62 of them:

Type of Death

Numbers

Stabbed

30

Poisoned

4

Smothered by pillow

1

Beheaded

5

Buried to neck starvation

1

Stabbed and poisoned

3

Lack of sleep

1

Hanging

2

Grief

1

Dismemberment then fire

1

Baked into pie

2

Throws oneself away

1

Drops dead

1

Snakebite

1

Ripped apart by mob

1

Blinded

1

Disappears

1

Broken Heart

1

Drowned

1

Shame

1

Indigestion

1

Pursued by bear

1

We do not have a count of the deaths in battles in Shakespeare’s plays. By comparison Martin has killed off 61 significant characters in his epic.

While most people in Martin’s books die from the blade, things purely psychological such as heartbreaks and shame were responsible for two deaths in Shakespeare’s works.

 

Shakespeare's plays

A scene from ‘Romeo and Juliet’. reneesailor

And there was cruelty too! ‘Ripped apart by a mob’? ‘Dismemberment then fire’? Even Martin’s universe has not got down to such cruelty!

 

Based on the statistics of deaths in Shakespeare’s plays, a unique play ‘The Complete Deaths’ will open in Northampton, England in May 2016.

Well, ‘gory’ would now be too ordinary a word to describe the number of deaths and the bloodbath that is a part and parcel of the immensely popular GOT.

 

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