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The Tragedy of Titus Andronicus Kindle Edition
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not the Bards best play to read oneself. Better delivered in a theatre as was intended.Published on 20 Feb. 2015 by shannon
wonderful book... especially for the price :) I bought it before going to the play in Shakespeare's globe, and I am happy I did so. Read morePublished on 15 Jun. 2014 by Ayse
One of Shakespeare's more easily read plays. Truly gruesome and a great tragedy. For one of his early works, this is still a great classic!Published on 22 Nov. 2013 by booookreader