Professor Glenn Simshaw
Shakespeare’s Tragedies SC Core
March 9th, 2018
Titus Andronicus, William Shakespeare’s play, is known for its violence. It focuses on horror and violence, gruesome suffering, savage mutilations, multiple slaughters, vengeance, and evil. The play includes fourteen deaths, one burial alive, four severed body parts, cannibalism, and one rape. All of this violence is demonstrative of the theme of savagery. The play presents the idea that peace is an artificial state, suggesting that war is the natural way of being. This explains the setting of Rome, an empire which was at war for the vast majority of its history. The play depicts the Roman conversion from civility to barbarism, and poses …show more content…
I will grind your bones to dust
And with your blood and it I 'll make a paste,
And of the paste a coffin I will rear
And make two pasties of your shameful heads,
And bid that strumpet, your unhallow 'd dam,
Like to the earth swallow her own increase.
This is the feast that I have bid her to,
And this the banquet she shall surfeit on; …show more content…
He then slays them. Titus, once presented as so noble and merciful, subjects the boys to the torture of knowing their fates before killing them in front of each other. In the next scene, Titus goes on to murder his daughter to preserve his family’s honour before revealing to Tamora that she has eaten the bodies of her children, and killing her. The cycle of violence is continued, when Saturninus kills Titus in retribution, and Lucius kills Saturninus. The final act of the play is pure chaos. No more heed is paid to the concept of the Romans and the Goths, as nearly every character has engaged in violence and predatory behavior. The civilised have become savages in the names of revenge, justice, and tradition. Rome appears to have simply embraced barbarism, and the violence is demonstrative of this savagery. In Titus Andronicus, by William Shakespeare, the Goths and the Romans are used to explore the ideas of civilisation and savagery. The two groups suffer from mutilations, murders, and other unspeakable acts at the hands of their opponents, all in the name of revenge. Shakespeare toys with the idea of what it means to be civilised, noble, and merciful. Then he shows how it easily these virtues can be abandoned. By the climax of the play, civilisation has ceased, destroyed in the name of
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Right from the beginning of “Titus” director Julie Taymor sets the scene for a splendid feast of visual effects and scenery. Yet the splendid feast grows rancid within the first scene with the evisceration of Alarbus. This sacrifice sets the main theme of the gruesome destruction of entire families throughout the entire play.
Then there arrives Saturninus and Tamora. Here Titus kills his own daughter Lavina after telling the story of how a father killed his daughter who has been raped to the guests. When Saturninus asks Titus who raped Lavina, then he reveals the name of Tamora son after Tamora took the first bite of human pie which was of her ow sons and then Titus stabs Tamora. Then the scene is followed by Saturninus killing Titus and Lucius Killing Saturninus. Then Lucius is announced as the new emperor.
The relationship between civilization and barbarism is a prominent theme in the ancient times, where civilizations concerned themselves with shunning the barbarous. Whether it was the Goths, Greeks, Romans, or Scythia, barbarous behavior was considered beastly, and their supposed superiority to the beastly was a source of pride. Rome was one of the most civilized empires in the ancient world to rule, but in Shakespeare’s most brutal tragedy of Titus Andronicus, the Roman characters in the play both explicitly and implicitly define civility as slaughtering the Goths and many other Romans in the name of Rome. The Romans consider the Goth’s to be barbarous people, but in reality, they too are ruthless in their actions. Shakespeare allows the
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The responses that the audience apprehends, alters through the exploration of intertextual perspectives. These perspectives are shaped around the composer’s attitudes in respect to context. Likewise, the political treatise The Prince(1513) written by Nicolló Machiavelli, during the sixteenth century Italian renaissance and the tragic play Julius Caesar(1599) composed during the late 16th century Elizabethan era by William Shakespeare, highlight similar contextual values of Statecraft and the Corruption linked through the role of morality to appreciate the acquisition and abuse of authority. However, both texts evoke juxtaposing responses for the audience due to their difference in context. Examining the role of morality in “Julius Caesar”,
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