A Study of Minor Characters in William Shakespeare’s Great Tragedies.


  • Dr. Jai Shankar Tiwari Assistant Professor Department of English Nehru Gram Bharti (Deemed to be) University Kotwa, Prayagraj, UP, India




The abstract summarizes the analysis and interpretation of the significance of minor characters in Shakespeare’s major tragedies and concludes that Shakespeare is the greatest creator of characters. His greatness lies of course, in creating and heroic characters like Hamlet, Othello, Lear and Macbeth but what is significant is that even the minor characters are as immortal as the major ones. The great Villain Iago are great characters but the less important characters like Horatio, Fortinbras, Edgar, Cassio and Banquo are equally important.

            Besides, Shakespeare’s women characters, mostly assigned minor roles, create niche in our heart. Ophelia, Cordelia, Desdemona and Lady Macbeth have their own place. Nobody will forget them. In fact, they bring spice to the development of the plot and so do Horatio Ophelia, Lady Macbeth, Banquo, Macduff, Earl of Gloster , Edgar, Cassio and Emilia in tragedies.


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How to Cite

Tiwari, D. J. S. (2020). A Study of Minor Characters in William Shakespeare’s Great Tragedies. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH, 8(2), 15. https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v8i2.10384