Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus

by William Shakespeare

Titus Andronicus is the earliest tragedy and the earliest Roman play attributed to Shakespeare.

Titus, a model Roman, has led twenty-one of his twenty-five sons to death in Romes wars; he stabs another son to death for what he views as disloyalty to Rome.

After a death sentence is imposed on two of his three remaining sons, and his daughter is raped and mutilated, Titus turns his loyalty toward his family.Aaron the Moor, a magnificent villain and the empresss secret lover, makes a similar transition.

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  • Language: English
  • Category: Plays
  • Rating: 3.70
  • Pages: 320
  • Publish Date: February 1st 2005 by Simon Schuster
  • Isbn10: 0671722921
  • Isbn13: 9780671722920

What People Think about "Titus Andronicus"

I'm an awesome general, all my super-handsome sons are awesome, I have a hot daughter who's engaged to a great guy, and even though the emperor just married my enemy Queen Tamora I'm sure that can never backfire on me! AARON: Hey Titus, your sons have been framed for murdering Bassianus, but the emperor will let them go if you cut off your hand. TITUS: Sure thing, here ya go. TITUS: Okay, it's on now, motherfuckers. How was raping and mutilating Titus' daughter? Good thing Mom let us do that instead of just killing her like Lavinia asked. CHIRON: Good thing the audience has conveniently forgotten that Lavinia's husband already raped her at the beginning of the play! CHIRON: Wait, if my mom's white, and her husband's white, and you're the only black character in the play, then... AARON: Villain, I have done thy mother" GROUNDLING 1: OH SNAP! SATURNINUS: Mmm, great dinner, Titus. Hey Tamora, why didn't your sons come to dinner? TAMORA: Wait...so, I just ate- TITUS: I KEEL YOU! Okay, here's the deal: don't kill my mixed race bastard baby and I'll tell you how I planned the whole thing.

Like A Comedy of Errors, Titus Andronicus is part of a grammar-school-educated Shakespeare's crash-course substitute for a university education. In Errors, he imitated Plautine comedy's plot structure and stock characters, and--in an experiment to see just how much fun the form could hold--doubled the number of comic misunderstandings by doubling the number of identical twins.

I would be incredibly surprised if I read a play worse than Titus Andronicus in this challenge. Titus Andronicus reads like Charlie Mansons rejected screenplays. Poet and cat enthusiast, T.S. Eliot, once wrote that Titus was one of the stupidest and most uninspired plays ever written. One of my favourites is from token white critic Harold Bloom who suggests that the violence and tragedy of Titus is so comically absurd that the best director to tackle the play would be Mel Brooks.

The actor who played Titus was superb; he captured Tituss decent into madness perfectly by evoking a character that started out as strong and fearless to one who ended up unhinged and brutal. Lots of bloody violence Now this is a play that would have appealed to both the masses and the gentry of the Renaissance era. Moreover, the play retains the popular revenge theme through the sophistication of its plot, which would have appealed to more educated audience. Brutal revenge plot The plot begins with Titus returning to Rome as a victor of a successful campaign over the barbarous Goths. This may have been only staged to entertain, but it demonstrates the detrimental effects of revenge. The revenge theme keeps the reader/audience entertained whilst the creation of Tituss fall from grace keeps the play sophisticated enough to merit the study of it.

Maybe, but then again perhaps that was Shakespeare's intent, to create such an outrageous show that the audience would be drawn into his message of bloody revenge and be left with difficult images afterwards.

I think this early Shakespeare's villain (Aaron the Moor) is diabolical and fantastic. Yes, I'm not a fan of the easy way the moor (or often the Jew) becomes the bad guy in Shakespeare's plays, but I'm also not a fan (at all) of judging Shakespeare by a morality that the 21st century only so far corrects. Bloom thinks without Aaron, this play "would be unendurable". I think Bloom had a bit higher brow experience. I recently heard that Titus Andronicus was Stephen Bannon's favorite Shakespeare play (Yes, that Bannon.

William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. His plays have been translated into every major living language, and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. Shakespeare was a respected poet and playwright in his own day, but his reputation did not rise to its present heights until the nineteenth century. There have been plays and sonnets attributed to Shakespeare that were not authentically written by the great master of language and literature.