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Women in Shakespeare, Ranked by How Likely They’d Be to Murder You

All the characters in Shakespeare’s plays exist on a sliding scale of “has never thought about murder even once” to “IS JUST MURDERING PEOPLE, CONSTANTLY AND WITH GREAT FEELING, LIKE IT’S THEIR JOB.” 

This is especially true for the women, who quite frankly have a lot to murder about (rampant misogyny, gender politics, and unfounded accusations of infidelity that invariably lead to their deaths, just to name a few).

Here are a handful of Shakespeare’s female characters, ranked by how likely they would be to murder people in general and you specifically.