King John: numbers overall

King John

  • 2570 total lines; shorter than average play and history (average play: 2777; average tragedy: 3009)
  • At 598 and 118 lines, Act Two, Scene One and Act Five, Scene Seven, respectively, are the longest of their kind in the Canon
  • Act One: 276 lines; shorter than average (average play: 590, average history: 612)
  • Act Two: 598 lines; longer than the average play; shorter than average history (average play: 568, average history: 621)
  • Act Three: 613 lines; longer than average; shorter than average history (average play: 576, average history: 632)
  • Act Four: 562 lines; slightly shorter than average, much shorter than average history (average play: 563, average history: 651)
  • Act Five: 521 lines; longer than average (average play: 480, average history: 493)
  • 0 lines of prose (0.0% of total lines [as opposed to The Comedy of Errors: 13.31%, Titus Andronicus: 1.39%, The Taming of the Shrew: 20.82%, 1HenryVI: 0.37%, 2HenryVI: 16.64%, 3HenryVI: 0.14%, Richard III: 2.89%, Love’s Labor’s Lost: 35.08%, The Two Gentlemen of Verona: 26.81%, A Midsummer Night’s Dream: 19.75%, and Romeo and Juliet: 14.18%])
  • 159 rhyming lines (6.19% of total lines [as opposed to Comedy: 20.10%, Titus: 2.42%, Taming: 3.93%, 1HenryVI: 9.79%, 2HenryVI: 3.16%, 3HenryVI: 5.37%, Richard III: 7.55%, LLL: 40.86%, 2Gents: 35.08%, Midsummer: 43.5%, and Romeo: 16.61%])
  • 16 scenes; less than average (average play: 21; average history: 24)
  • only 27 characters (less than average [average play: 36, average history: 48])

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