Titus Andronicus | Study Guide

William Shakespeare

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Titus Andronicus, Act V, Scene III hy, there they are, both bakèd in this pie, Whereof their mother daintily hath fed, Eating the flesh that she herself hath bred. Sources: Folger Shakespeare Library, Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare Resource Center Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Perpetuationof Violence Violent behavior can be both innate and learned. Family Obligations Parents and their childrenare bound together by duty. Revenge Revenge runs its course, leading to a tragic andbloody end. Themes Young woman attacked to punish Titus for killing Tamora’s eldest son Lavinia Young, weak emperor whose poor leadership makes him Tamora’s pawn Saturninus Former queen of the Goths on a quest to avenge the death of her eldest son Tamora Respected Roman general locked in a revenge-driven clash with Tamora Titus Andronicus Main Characters There is debate over whether it was Shakespeare who tried his hand at revenge tragedy in writing Titus Andronicus. Inspired by the popularity of Thomas Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy, Titus Andronicus was popular throughout Shakespeare’s life and may have paved the way to his more nuanced revenge dramas, such as Hamlet. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE1564–1616 Author Titus kills Tamora’s sonsand feeds them to herin a meat pie. Acts IV & V Tamora’s sons rape and mutilate Lavinia, and Titus’s sons are framed for murder. Acts II & III Titus Andronicus returns home after war, and Tamora’s eldest son is sacrificed. Act I When Titus Andronicus returns home from war, he becomes locked in a cycle of revenge and retaliation with the former queen of the Goths, Tamora. The ending of the play renders up no fewer than three severed hands, two heads, a tongue, and 14 dead bodies. RevengeServed Hot OVERVIEW English Original Language c. 1589–92 Years Written William Shakespeare Author TitusAndronicus Tragedy Play

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