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The Tragedy of Titus Andronicus by [Shakespeare, William]
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This play is the most violent of Shakespeare's plays that I have ever read - there's gore, murder and decapitations, rape, treachery, revenge and tragedy. It's a good play up to a point provided you can get past the more unpalatable happenings. However certainly for Titus Andronicus to spend his life serving Rome and for it all in the end to count for nothing but treachery and tragedy was actually very sad.
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This play by Shakespeare is a founding play in his career. He will never accumulate that much physical cruelty in another play, preferring psychological or mental cruelty to such gross and even sickening horror.

One element has to be emphasized. The role of “pairs of brothers” in this play. Titus Andronicus has a brother Marcus Andronicus who plays a major role in the plot. Titus Andronicus had twenty-five sons and only four (presented as two pairs: Martius-Mutis and Lucius-Quintus) come back from war alive accompanying one dead brother to represent the twenty-one who died. Tamora, the Queen of the Goths, is Titus’s prisoner and she has three sons: Alarbus, Chiron and Demetrius. The late Emperor had two sons, and the two brothers are crucial since they want to succeed their father. They are Saturninus and Bassianus.

The play starts with the decision of Titus Andronicus to have Tamora’s eldest son, Alarbus, sacrificed to pacify the spirits of his dead sons. Alarbus is then, off stage, dismembered alive and then disemboweled alive and the arms and legs, then the entrails are burned on a sacrificial pyre before the still not completely dead body of Alarbus is burned hence still alive, as a full report tells us. We can note it is close to what happened to William Wallace. This reduces the triplet to a simple pair of brothers

Titus Andronicus chooses Saturninus to succeed his father and Saturninus then announces he chooses Lavinia, Titus’s daughter, as his future wife. Titus then offers Tamora and her two remaining sons to Saturninus who decides to make Tamora his mistress, maybe more, with Lavinia’s agreement. Bassianus then declares Lavinia his betrothed and seizes her with the agreement of her brothers but against Titus’s own decision to return her to Saturninus.
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The Tragedy of Titus Andronicus is a marvellous play. It is a play that portrays the tragedy of dramatic changes in society and also how the social connections in that period are managed. The complete play is a continual array fight for recognition of political and social power ensues throughout each act.

Often overlooked, this play shows the lengths people are willing to go to in order to achieve their ideal state of order, community and belonging.
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I can see why this is a play that almost never comes to the stage. Such blood lust and despair. It does make me wonder how WS got the idea for such a web of lies and treachery. It amazes me that the same mind conceived this and Midsummer nights dream. Not enjoyable to read.
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Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus is a typically bloody play of his time. Playwrights like John Ford, for instance, certainly never hesitated from the use of extreme violence in their plays.
However, for a work of Shakespeare - and certainly an early play of Shakespeare's - I do not feel that it has any further depth than the 'gore porn' genre of today. Its ideas of Roman classical 'honour', and its disolvement, in a time when scholars were moving back to the classics, is simplistic at best.
I enjoyed reading T.A, although it's certainly not Shakey's best; far from it.
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