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Dark Lady (character)

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Dark Lady (character)

The Dark Lady is a stock character in fiction. Her darkness is either literal, meaning that she has a dark skin, or metaphorical in that she is a tragic, doomed figure. The two may go together, with one being an allegory for the other. The Dark Lady is not usually seen to be married to a Dark Lord.


  • Shakespeare 1
  • In American literature 2
  • Notable Dark Ladies 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5


William Shakespeare wrote of a Dark Lady in his sonnets. The woman is described as having both dark features and having a dark nature.[1] There has been much speculation as to her true identity.[2] He also created several, doomed dark ladies as characters in his plays such as Cleopatra and Lady Macbeth.[3]

In American literature

In American media, she is often portrayed as Latina.[4]

Notable Dark Ladies

See also


  1. ^ Hudson Shakespeare Company, Dark Lady Sonnets
  2. ^ PBS, In Search of Shakespeare: Emilia Lanier (the Dark Lady?), series originally broadcast February 4th - 25th, 2004
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