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Essay | Violence in theTitus Andronicus

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Violence in theTitus Andronicus

Summary: Examines the Shakespeare tragedy, Titus Andronicus. Explores the different types of violence portrayed in the play. Describes how Elizabethan spectators would have reacted to the violence.
Whilst the Greek and Roman predecessors of revenge tragedy showed little compunction in gruesome on-stage violence, the Elizabethan spectators were, by the time of publication and performance of Shakespearian plays, a more educated audience who would appreciate the poetic style and subtle references to classical literature. This is not to say that the sixteenth century public were sensitive to acts of startling brutality; public executions and bear baiting were frequent occurrences that no doubt permeated the psyche of a nation. It has been argued that Shakespeare, conscious of his contemporaries' efforts in this genre decided to `out-do his predecessors' but a far more probable explanation is that Shakespeare, accommodating the fashionable practice of on-stage violence, combined it with his own ideas of tragedy. Contrasting Shakespeare to his classical ancestors, we are able to highlight grounds for such excessively violent literature. For example, Titus' culinary masterpiece can...

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