Learn about the origins of nine of the most powerful heroines created by the Bard, from Cordelia to Desdemona, to Ophelia.
To celebrate William Shakespeare’s birthday, Invaluable, the world’s favorite online marketplace for fine art and antique books, has released a new infographic that throws light at how the Bard chose names for his most iconic female characters.
As you may have expected, Shakespeare very carefully chose the names of his characters to reflect their attributes and their role in the plot.
Despite the fact that they were written at a time when women held little economic or political status, Shakespeare’s literary contributions are rife with strong-willed, powerful female characters.
Desdemona, a Venetian beauty in Othello, is killed by her husband for her supposed infidelity. The name is of Greek original and means “ill-fated.” To this day, it’s rarely used due to unlucky fate and tragic roots.
Make sure to head to Invaluable blog to read the detailed stories behind Shakespeare’s heroines. And below you’ll see a quick and simple visual summary.
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Coriolanus released the fistful of cabbage into the pot of boiling water and swore that one day it would never pass his lips again. But this was not that day. He needed to eat a large bowl of the anemic stuff, and drink every drop of broth, to prevent his stomach from growling during the reaping ceremony. It was one of a long list of precautions he took to mask the fact that his family, despite residing in the penthouse of the Capitol’s most opulent apartment building, was as poor as district scum. That at eighteen, the heir to the once-great house of Snow had nothing to live on but his wits.
His shirt for the reaping was worrying him. He had an acceptable pair of dark dress pants bought on the black market last year, but the shirt was what people looked at. Fortunately, the Academy provided the uniforms it required for daily use. For today’s ceremony, however, students were instructed to be dressed fashionably but with the solemnity the occasion dictated. Tigris had said to trust her, and he did. Only his cousin’s cleverness with a needle had saved him so far. Still, he couldn’t expect miracles.
The shirt they’d dug from the back of the wardrobe—his father’s, from better days—was stained and yellowed with age, half the buttons missing, a cigarette burn on one cuff. Too damaged to sell in even the worst of times, and this was to be his reaping shirt? This morning he had gone to her room at daybreak, only to find both his cousin and the shirt missing. Not a good sign. Had Tigris given up on the old thing and braved the black market in some last-ditch effort to find him proper clothing? And what on earth would she possess worth trading for it? Only one thing—herself—and the house of Snow had not yet fallen that far. Or was it falling now as he salted the cabbage?
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