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The villany you teach me I will execute, and it shall go hard, but I will better the instruction.

      — The Merchant of Venice, Act III Scene 1

Shakespeare text statistics

Quick facts

  • The plays contain 34,895 total speeches spoken by 1,223 characters.
  • There are 884,421 total words in Shakespeare's 43 works.
  • There are 28,829 unique word forms, and 12,493 occur only once.
  • Those unique words account for 43.3% of total word forms.
  • The top 10 most frequently occuring words make up 21.4% of all words.
  • The top 100 most frequently occuring words make up 53.9% of all words.
  • The top 1% most frequently occuring words make up 66.7% of all words.

Word count by genre

Tragedies
289,628 words
(32.7% of total)

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Comedies
283,011 words
(32.0% of total)

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Histories
263,358 words
(29.8% of total)

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Poems
30,909 words
(3.5% of total)

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Sonnets
17,515 words
(2.0% of total)

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Most-searched keywords

Searches Keyword
246,789 1
138,838 love
93,592 hate
73,395 blood
58,947 I
41,093 be
40,687 is
36,777 night
35,031 death
34,173 you
32,922 my
32,855 -1'
32,494 sleep
28,728 time
25,155 loved

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Most-searched works

Searches Work
322,173 Macbeth
287,382 Hamlet
261,945 Romeo and Juliet
187,802 Othello
161,385 King Lear
122,436 Midsummer Night's Dream
108,072 Twelfth Night
106,017 Henry V
104,460 Antony and Cleopatra
103,932 As You Like It
97,096 Merchant of Venice
94,353 Henry IV, Part I
93,784 Tempest
93,520 Much Ado about Nothing
90,843 All's Well That Ends Well

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Word frequency

Top 15 word forms,
by frequency of occurence

28,944 the
27,317 and
21,120 i
20,136 to
17,181 of
14,945 a
13,989 you
12,949 my
11,513 in
11,488 that
9,545 is
8,855 not
8,293 with
8,043 me
8,003 it

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Biggest roles

Top 15 characters,
by number of speeches

471 Falstaff
409 Richard III (Duke of Gloucester)
377 Henry V
358 Hamlet
274 Othello
272 Iago
253 Antony
210 Timon
204 Cleopatra
201 Rosalind
194 Brutus
194 Vincentio
189 Coriolanus
188 Lear
183 Henry VI

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Play lengths

Most speeches

1,361

Antony and Cleopatra

1,309

Othello

1,301

Troilus and Cressida

1,250

Hamlet

1,240

Coriolanus

Fewest speeches

605

Midsummer Night's Dream

621

King John

636

Richard II

662

Titus Andronicus

664

Comedy of Errors

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Average speech length

Number of words per speech

35.26 Richard II
33.45 King John
31.33 Titus Andronicus
31.26 Henry VIII
30.62 Henry V
30.61 Winter's Tale
29.49 Merchant of Venice
28.16 Cymbeline
27.80 Henry IV, Part I
27.62 Henry VI, Part II
27.45 Henry VI, Part I
27.29 Midsummer Night's Dream
26.03 Henry IV, Part II
25.60 Henry VI, Part III
24.87 As You Like It

See average speech lengths for all plays

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