Titus Andronicus a political tragedy

Provide a 6 pages analysis while answering the following question: Titus Andronicus a political tragedy. Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. An abstract is required. In the play Shakespeare displays the breakdown of each of the characters as if to symbolize the effects of the collapse of Rome in each one of them. “Beginning with Bassianus, the audience witnesses his decline as the decision for the throne is taken from him and given to his brother instead” (White). This in turn costs him his future wife, Lavinia, as the new king vows to take her as his wife. Martius argues, “Thou art Roman be not barbarious,” (Shakespeare) in protest of Saturninus’ decision to make Lavinia his wife and also to protest of Titus’ murder of his own son, Mutius, for trying to defend Lavinia and Bassianus. These examples depict how political greed and struggle for honor can destroy family ties and the things that matter most. The audience also witnesses the beginning breakdown of Saturinus as he chooses Tamora as his wife instead in a quest for political power. He well knows that Tamora is a Goth famous for her brutality and the apparent simplicity of their marriage leaves the audience questioning why a civilized Roman would choose to marry a barbaric Goth. “This act reveals a deeper understanding of the true violence at the heart of the Roman Empire” (Royster).

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