Summary Of ' The Play ' Essay

1142 Words Dec 10th, 2015 5 Pages
The play opens with Saturninus and Bassianus vying for the people of Rome to have them as their leader. Marcus Andronicus enters, saying that the citizens should choose Titus Andronicus, his brother. Titus, a Roman general, arrives at Rome, returning from a war with the Goths, a tribe of East Germanic people. He has captured Tamora, Queen of the Goths, her three sons, Alburus, Demetrius, and Chiron, and Aaron the Moor, her lover. He has some of followers bring in a black coffin filled with his family’s remains. At this point, twenty-one out of Titus’ twenty-five sons have passed due to the war between the Goths and Rome. He sacrifices Tamora’s eldest son, Alarbus, to the gods in honour of his that have passed. Then, the tribunes call upon Titus to name who will be emperor, since Titus does not want to be it himself. Titus names Saturninus as the emperor, since he was the eldest son of the one prior. Saturninus tells him that Lavinia, Titus’ only daughter, will be his empress, as thanks for Titus. However, Bassianus ends up seizing Lavinia and Saturninus courts Tamora. As Bassianus tries to leave, Titus chases after him. Mutius, Titus’ son, stops Titus, and Titus stabs him. Marcus, Lucius, Quintus, and Martius plea for Mutius to be buried with his other brothers. Despite his feelings, Titus gives in and allows Mutius to be put into the tomb. Tamora vows to Titus her loyalty to Rome and him, but secretly swears to enact revenge on him. Aaron confides to the audience that…

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