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A man may see how this world goes with no eyes. Look with thine ears: see how yond justice rails upon yond simple thief. Hark, in thine ear: change places; and, handy-dandy, which is the justice, which is the thief?

      — King Lear, Act IV Scene 6

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
139,865 1
133,777 love
91,313 hate
71,368 blood
56,789 I
39,601 be
39,254 is
35,567 night
33,703 death
32,855 -1'
32,626 you
31,135 sleep
30,951 my
27,537 time
24,397 loved

See the top 500 keywords

Most-searched works

Searches Work
295,357 Macbeth
256,320 Hamlet
235,996 Romeo and Juliet
161,392 Othello
133,752 King Lear
102,263 Midsummer Night's Dream
85,249 Twelfth Night
81,428 Henry V
80,650 Antony and Cleopatra
76,585 Merchant of Venice
75,397 As You Like It
74,525 Tempest
74,239 Much Ado about Nothing
72,940 Henry IV, Part I
68,843 Julius Caesar

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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 Vincentio
194 Brutus
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

See all plays by number of speeches

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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