Who is the only real villain in Shakespeare's plays?(read notes at side of page 33 in coles textbook) thank you so much for your help.. i just dont have the textbook with me

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lynnebh eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Only one? I am not sure what textbook you are referring to, but it is hard for me to imagine that anyone thinks there is only one villain in Shakespeare's plays. For example, in Titus Andronicus, one of the bloodiest plays, there is Tamora, Queen of the Goths and Aaron the Moor who are into cutting people up and eating them. Ugh! Then there is Iago, from Othello, an evil conniver that causes Othello to kill his own wife. Then there's Don Juan, and Edmund (from King Lear) and Macbeth and Lady Macbeth - the gruesome twosome. Richard II was a mad king who loved killing his rivals. What about Hamlet's uncle, Claudius? He killed his own brother and married his brother's wife. Then he tried to kill his wife's son and his nephew (Hamlet). There is the hunchback, Richard III - one of the worst kings in English history and a big Shakespeare villain. Shylock and his pound of flesh is considered a villain, although some people feel sorry for him, so this one is debatable.

We have a lot of information here on eNotes about Shakespeare at the link below. Without knowing what text you are referring to, though, perhaps I have not answered your questions.