Titus Andronicus

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  • Violence In Titus Andronicus

    the ways in which themes of societal breakdown and honour are defined through violence in both Ovid’s The Tale of Philomela and Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus . Violence is not used here as a single broad term, for in both texts there is clear delineation between masculine and feminine violence, and again between honourable and dishonourable violence. To quote Jessica Lugo, “Shakespeare’s Ovidian precursor delivers a tale of gore that develops the themes of barbarism and silence. In Titus, Shakespeare roots out the essence of Ovid’s characters, exposes their most primal motivations, and establishes a partnership with the long-dead poet.” It is also the aim of this essay to explore how Shakespeare employs and expands upon the violence described in his “Ovidian precursor” to highlight his themes of societal breakdown and honour in the setting of ancient Rome. The opening scene of Titus Andronicus sets the stage for a play packed with images of societal breakdown. Our introduction to the play portrays “royal Rome” pitted against “the barbarous Goths”. All is not well, however, as violence and deceit make themselves known from the outset. Titus has the Goth queen’s son Alarbus killed. In his death, themes of honourable and dishonourable violence come to the fore, contributing to the atmosphere of societal collapse within the play. Titus sees the sacrifice of Alarbus as an act of honour in respect of his own fallen sons slain in battle. Tamora views it as a dishonourable death…

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  • Misogyny In Titus Andronicus

    In the time that, Titus Andronicus is set, women were greatly oppressed and held down by patriarchy. Not only did this play a role in Shakespeare 's writing, but also women being looked down upon in his own time. Natalie Marie DeJonghe explains, “During the early modern period women were considered second-class citizens.” (DeJonghe 4) It is hard to say whether Shakespeare meant to show the misogyny of his time in this play or if he was even aware of it. None the less it is present and shows…

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  • Titus Andronicus And Hamlet Analysis

    “Titus Andronicus” and “Hamlet”, are both revenge tragedy stories that revolve around strong families with complicated relationships that contain individuals seeking revenge for wrong doings. Both nontraditional film versions were produced within a couple years of each other; Titus, directed by Julie Taymor in 1999 and Hamlet, directed by Michael Almereyda in 2000. Comparing these films, allows for reflection upon the different adaptations that each director took from their interpretations of…

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  • Analysis Of The Revival Of Titus Andronicus

    This revival of Titus Andronicus was an off-off Broadway production by New York Shakespeare Exchange; it ran from February- January in 2015. This production was directed and adapted by Ross Williams, who has directed many shows around the world. The show had a successful run, and all the reviews were positive. There was a fascinating twist, this productions setting of William Shakespeare’s most bloody play now takes place in a circus tent in the midst of a carnival. Titus Andronicus follows the…

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  • Titus Andronicus Analysis

    Visuals and the Violated: Women in Julie Taymor’s Titus Up until the past few decades, Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus was never taken seriously by critics or audiences. As a revenge tragedy set in ancient Rome, the story is one of never-ending, over the top violence, which viewers may find hard to sit through without rolling their eyes, or at least becoming entirely desensitized. When Julie Taymor created the film version of this text, Titus, in 1999, she attempted to utilize visual…

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  • Marcus Andronicus 'Metamorphoses': Play Analysis

    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…

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  • Analysis Of Titus Andronicus In Julia Taymor's Titus

    Julia Taymor’s Titus is a 1999 film adaptation of Shakespeare’s earliest work, Titus Andronicus. The largest change is in broadening the role of Young Lucius. In the original manuscript, he was likely referred to only as "The Boy". He is the first and last character we see, a sign of significance in Shakespeare's work. Perspective shifts typically serve to put audiences at ease; however, seeing the violence through Young Lucius makes everything more horrible. Titus Andronicus¬ begins with two…

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  • Titus Andronicus Play Analysis

    William Shakespeare’s tragic play, Titus Andronicus, is an account of the last days of the Roman Empire. The drama is unique in that it abandons the actual timeline of the fall of Rome, opting for a non-sequential presentation of events in a theoretical and philosophical arena; therefore, leaving pockets of space in between for Shakespeare’s creative expression. Although Titus is masked as largely a story of war and revenge, its imagery reveals a deeper meaning. The clear dismemberment motif,…

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  • Tus Andronicus Play Analysis

    Director’s Notebook Titus Andronicus - by William Shakespeare Contents: A brief summary of the play - Page 1 The play text, its context and the ideas represented in the play - Page 1 My artistic responses, creative ideas and explanations of live theatre as a director - page 2 My directorial intentions and the intended impact on an audience - 7 How i would stage the two moments of the play - 8 Bibliography - 13 Summary Titus Andronicus is a story of the vengeful. It…

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  • Hamlet Metatheatre Analysis

    The first thing that comes to mind when trying to link William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet with the concept of metatheatre, is the play which is staged by young Hamlet to confront his uncle Claudius with the murder of the old king Hamlet. Nevertheless, even though nothing qualifies more as metatheatre than this particular scene, the play-within-a-play is not the only significant device of metatheatre in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. There are several more metatheatrical plots that can be detected in the…

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