Titus Andronicus Analysis

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He goes even further and identifies the Goths with the ancestors of the English people. The interpretation turns into a religious and political comment upon Shakespeare’s criticism of the Catholic Church (Bate 20). If not totally supported by criticism, Bate’s reading justifies a further look upon the hidden values expressed in the play. Smith calls Titus Andronicus “a metatheatrical defense of drama’s relevance to society in his [Shakespeare’s] time”, a reaction towards “the tyranny of tradition and an unquestioning allegiance to an orthodox humanist intellectual heritage” (288). What Titus does at the beginning of the play is a blind consensus to a rigid pattern that triggers the whole series of bloody events. The reconciliation is achieved through a re-contextualization of language. Titus has to learn the new, corporal, language of his mutilated daughter: Speechless complainer, I will learn thy thought. In thy dumb action will I be as perfect As begging hermits in their holly prayers. Thou shalt not sigh, nor hold thy stumps to heaven, Nor wink, nor nod, nor kneel, nor make a sign, But I of these will wrest an alphabet And by still practice learn to know thy meaning. (3.2.39-45) Likewise, the revenge is first performed through words. Titus sends to Chiron and Demetrius weapons bearing verses from Horace. Consequently, arrows bearing prayers towards the gods are shot towards Saturninus’s palace. Another letter is sent through a clown carrying a basket with two white
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