Titus Andronicus | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Molly Easo Smith

This literature criticism consists of approximately 24 pages of analysis & critique of Titus Andronicus.
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Critical Essay by Molly Easo Smith

SOURCE: Smith, Molly Easo. “Spectacles of Torment in Titus Andronicus.Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 36 (spring 1996): 315-31.

In the following essay, Smith offers a theoretical approach to the play's juxtaposition of philosophical categories, particularly the Self-Other dichotomy, and studies the ways in which such oppositions symbolically collapse over the course of Titus Andronicus.

In its reliance on spectacles of death, Shakespeare's early Roman tragedy, Titus Andronicus, resembles The Spanish Tragedy, though unlike Thomas Kyd's play, which exploits the theatrical value of the hanged body as entertainment, Titus also accentuates the value of dismemberment and mutilation even as it undermines the efficacy of physical public punishment.1 J. Dover Wilson's remarks about the play present an early recognition of its more than Senecan content; his suggestion that the play is “...

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