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10 Most Disturbing Shakespeare Deaths

First Posted: 04/22/2012 9:17 pm   Updated: 04/22/2012 9:19 pm

To celebrate Shakespeare's birthday, we're featuring some of our favorite archival pieces about his life and work. This one was first published in August 2011. Happy Birthday Bill!

He is known for penning some of the most beautiful romances in literary history but, when writing tragedies, Shakespeare's murderous imagination ran wild. Of the countless characters Shakespeare killed off in his work, there are some pretty gruesome deaths that definitely deserve some recognition. From smothering to stabbing, Shakespeare covered all of violent bases. Here are his most disturbing and goriest deaths!

Did we miss any disgusting ways to go? Let us know in the comments!


Chiron and Demetrius in "Titus Andronicus"
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Chiron and Demetrius's murder is possibly the most creative of Shakespeare's deaths. When Titus learns that Chiron and Demetrius have raped and dismembered his daughter, he not only kills them but bakes them into a pie that he feeds to their mother, Tamora. They say revenge is a dish best served cold, but in Titus's case it was best served hot out of the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
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