|Which of Shakespeare tragic heroes would you |
go on a date with?
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, those of us who are dateless might still be looking for a special someone to spend the ‘most romantic’ night of the year with.
Of course, if you’re looking here, you won’t have much luck - partly because I’m not convinced they’d make good dates, but mostly because they’re either entirely fictional characters or long-dead historical figures.
Nevertheless, if you had to choose one of Shakespeare’s heroes to be your Valentine, which would you pick?
|Anthony Hopkins as Titus Andronicus|
To be honest, Titus is past the point of having much interest in romance.
However, you might think he’d make a good companion. Well, frankly, he wouldn’t.
Showing a distinct lack of interpersonal skills and not much sympathy, he’s a grizzled old soldier through and through.
And, of course, if you cross him, it’s not just your words he’ll make you eat.
|Romeo is exciting, but|
his affections are fickle
Energetic, fun-loving and demonstrative, on the face of it Romeo could show you a good time.
However, he is as impetuous in his affections as he is in his actions.
So, you’ll need to have him on a tight rein and, most importantly, keep his eyes away from beautiful young members of the Capulet family.
|Julius Caesar by Reubens|
But, if the thought of Calpurnia’s wrath doesn’t put you off, bear in mind that we’re just over four weeks away from the Ides of March.
So, it’s probably best not to get too attached.
|Keep in mind, Freud thought he had |
an Oedipus complex
A prince, but not always ‘charming’, Hamlet is intelligent and witty. However, he’s deeply troubled and can be moody and brooding.
He also has a habit of procrastinating and spends a lot of time talking to himself.
While some girls may relish the challenge this disturbed man poses, it’s enough to drive others crazy.
|Othello's a decent guy; shame |
about his friend
A big, strong hunk of a man, Othello is a General in the Venetian army.
However, he has a softer side. Romantic, affectionate and loyal, Othello seems like the perfect man.
But his choice in friends is troublesome, and if he believes you to be unfaithful, you might not survive the night.
|Ian Holm as King Lear|
Here’s one for the more mature lady or, perhaps, those looking for a sugar daddy.
However, he’s not going to keep those riches for long.
A fiery temper can be indicative of a passionate nature, but, in this case, anger management is a serious issue.
Say the wrong thing or nothing at all, and you risk being ditched like yesterday’s collar’d beef.
|Lady Macbeth's a woman you don't |
want to scorn
Another married man and, this time, you definitely wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of his other half.
Moreover, he’s pretty focused on advancing his career and doesn’t really have time for romance.
|No, not the guy who used |
to be married to J-Lo.
Word to the wise, girls: steer well clear.
Very fond of the booze, Mark’s more in love with material things than he is with any one woman.
So, when his wife dies and he has an opportunity to make an honest woman of Cleopatra, he’ll break the poor girl’s heart by marrying Octavia…all for money and status.
He’s a wrong ’un, ladies.
Timon of Athens
|The too trusting Timon|
When his friends neglect him, it’s all going to go horribly wrong.
However, Timon might make the perfect mate for a woman who loves the quiet solitude of nature.
Caius Martius (aka Coriolanus)
|Well, if he's Tom Hiddleston, the appeal is obvious|
Another soldier and married man, Coriolanus is a guy who communicates largely with violence.
He can be a bit cocky, which some girls may view as healthy self-confidence.
Worryingly though, his allegiances are swift to change if people don’t agree with his point of view.
But, in his favour, he does still listen to his mother!
So, which of Shakespeare’s tragic heroes would you want to be wined, dined and romanced by?