Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus Titus Andronicus may be Shakespeare s earliest tragedy it is believed to have been written sometime between and the early s It depicts a Roman general who is engaged in a cycle of revenge wit

  • Title: Titus Andronicus
  • Author: William Shakespeare
  • ISBN: 9780143130192
  • Page: 351
  • Format: Paperback
  • Titus Andronicus may be Shakespeare s earliest tragedy it is believed to have been written sometime between 1584 and the early 1590s It depicts a Roman general who is engaged in a cycle of revenge with his enemy Tamora, the Queen of the Goths The play is by far Shakespeare s bloodiest work It lost popularity during the Victorian era because of its gore, and has only reTitus Andronicus may be Shakespeare s earliest tragedy it is believed to have been written sometime between 1584 and the early 1590s It depicts a Roman general who is engaged in a cycle of revenge with his enemy Tamora, the Queen of the Goths The play is by far Shakespeare s bloodiest work It lost popularity during the Victorian era because of its gore, and has only recently begun to revive its fortunes.

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    1. Literally years after people began suggesting that I do this, I finally got around to reading the damn play. So in the words of Bette Davis: fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night. Because here's TITUS ANDRONICUS, ABRIDGED:TITUS: Man, it's great to be me! I'm an awesome general, all my super-handsome sons are awesome, I have a hot daughter who's engaged to a great guy, and even though the emperor just married my enemy Queen Tamora I'm sure that can never backfire on me! Yessireee, [...]

    2. Like A Comedy of Errors, Titus Andronicus is part of a grammar-school-educated Shakespeare's crash-course substitute for a university education. In Errors, he imitated Plautine comedy's plot structure and stock characters, and--in an experiment to see just how much fun the form could hold--doubled the number of comic misunderstandings by doubling the number of identical twins. In Titus, he imitates the violent plots and magisterial rhetoric of Senecan tragedy, and--again as an experiment--double [...]

    3. I would be incredibly surprised if I read a play worse than Titus Andronicus in this challenge. Titus was Shakespeare’s first attempt at staging a classical tragedy – something which he will eventually go on to get so right in works such as Julius Caesar. The basic plot follows a Roman general (our Titus) who is victorious in a battle against the Goths. As a reward Titus brings the queen of the Goths and her sons back to Rome. Titus is a silly billy however because he kills one of the queen [...]

    4. I saw this at Shakespeare’s Globe in London last summer, and was absolutely amazed at the brutal brilliance of the production. The actor who played Titus was superb; he captured Titus’s decent into madness perfectly by evoking a character that started out as strong and fearless to one who ended up unhinged and brutal. It is no wonder though that Titus fell into depravity because his house, and name, has been torn apart by revenge. Consequently, he embraces revenge, causing his madness, becau [...]

    5. Pulp fiction for the 1600s, Quentin Tarantino in lace collar and puffy pants.If anyone thinks that Shakespeare is dry and timid, flowery and antiquated, they need to see this, but beware: this is a bloody mess. One critic, complaining that it was such a caricature that only Mel Brooks should direct, may be close, but I would have Tarantino direct. Another critic wrote that this was the ultimate revenge story and I agree with that as well. Is it too brutal, too graphically violent for the stage? [...]

    6. BEST. REVENGE. STORY. EVER. PERIOD.The only piece of advice I can give is: Prepare yourself, you are about to enter into a world that knows no bounds when it comes to the old saying "enough is enough." Billy saw the line, spit on the line, and then crossed the line. If reading Shakespeare isn't high on your list, there is an excellent movie called Titus, starring Anthony Hopkins. Just try not to read/watch it before supper may spoil your appetite. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    7. "And let me say, that never wept before,My tears are now prevailing orators!"- William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus, Act III.1Shakespeare's first Tragedy is not perfect. It is bloody, predictable, racist, and gratuitous to the extreme. However, it probably deserves better attention than it usually gets (well there is the Julie Taymor film). I think this early Shakespeare's villain (Aaron the Moor) is diabolical and fantastic. Yes, I'm not a fan of the easy way the moor (or often the Jew) become [...]

    8. My favorite of the lesser-known works, this has got more outright horror than most contemporary slasher novels. Sure, the rhetoric is a bit stilted and Shakespeare borrows heavily from Ovid, but it's a fascinating study of the bottomless pit that people can find themselves in once they succumb to the lure of violence.

    9. 4.5*This play was a bloody, barbaric mess with 90% of the characters dying. I really enjoyed the whole concept of it and how twisted it was however, it was a little bit too savage for my tastes at points, namely the whole Lavinia situation. Not my favourite Shakespeare play but I definitely think it's worth reading! It's interesting to read this, his first tragedy, and see the elements that have carried onto his later tragedies.

    10. WARNING: SPOILERS SPRINKLED HAPHAZARDLY THROUGHOUT THE REVIEW Cannibalism, rape, many murders, dismemberment, torture, and infanticide.Shakespeare?Widely regarded as Shakespeare's worst, most despicable play, some people defend him by saying he didn't even write it - that he was just credited with it and it was penned by another.It's not really the play that comes to mind when people think of old Bill. :)The Emperor dies. Will Saturninus, the older son, or Bassianus, the kinder son, get the thro [...]

    11. After reading Madeline's hilarious, spot-on review, I had to read this troublesome play again.First, I'll be honest, I came to my love of Shakespeare a little late. I was raised on rodeos, not theater, and I had never bothered with plays because I figured I would not understand them, so I waited until I was forced to take a survey of Shakespeare plays in college. Thanks to a wonderful professor, I can now say that I love Shakespeare as much as the next guy of middling intellect. This particular [...]

    12. Historians will tell you that Titus Andronicus is pure fiction, but I've done research of my own, and I will tell you that it is without doubt the most factually-based of Shakespeare's plays. In the main, this is because there is no time that "didn't exist". After all, aren't we all still "after-Ovid"? And so of all the real people who inhabit this play's bloody spheres, who might the hero be? I would nominate Lavinia, because Lavinia, dear reader, is us. History does to us what Titus Andronicus [...]

    13. 5/5starsBumping this up to 5 stars because I really did love this play. We'll see which one takes the cake as my favorite by the end of this semester, but here are my two responses I wrote about this play (the responses are supposed to be informal if anyone is horrified by the use of "I" and slang lol)Titus Andronicus: What dost thou strike at, Marcus, with thy knife?Marcus Andronicus. At that that I have kill'd, my lord; a fly.Titus Andronicus. Out on thee, murderer! thou kill'st my heart;Mine [...]

    14. This one is tough to review; after a few days of reflection, I think my difficulty in assessing and/or analyzing Titus Andronicus lies in its straightforwardness. I’d like to be able to comment on character ambiguities, on the glimpses of hope amidst the darkness and slaughter, on Shakespeare’s intentions and achievements outside of the horrifying entertainment on the surface. But I’ve got nothing, really. Even Titus’s young grandson Lucius, a seemingly inconsequential character, just wa [...]

    15. This play is famous for being Shakespeare’s dud, not only bad by his lofty standards but by any standard. Even Harold Bloom, who worships Shakespeare this side of idolatry, calls Titus Andronicus “ghastly bad.” The plot is mechanical and clumsy—but admittedly that’s true of many Shakespeare plays. More important, the characters are bland and flat, with the notable exception of Aaron the Moor, who nevertheless is still leagues behind the serviceable villains Iago and Edmund. But the mai [...]

    16. I am shocked, shocked, shocked that this play is officially attributed to Shakespeare. I suppose there is some tenuous evidence linking him to it, but, come on guys, it would never stand up in court. And, in particular, it should never stand up on , which has such inordinately high standards concerning questions of authorship.Let's be reasonable: if the official policy is that the Quran is supposed to be listed as "by Anonymous", then surely the same label is appropriate here? Though I admit tha [...]

    17. I take a cue from Harold Bloom, who said Titus Andronicus should not be taken seriously at all, and would make the smoothest transition to film if directed by Mel Brooks. It is pure insanity, absolutely rip-roaring, inconceivable madness. Take Popeye (Titus):and his arch-nemesis Bluto (Saturninus): [image error]the witch from Snow White (or some other awful beast of a bitch—Tamora) coupled with Don Logan from Sexy Beast, but in black-face (Aaron, the moor):+ [image error]as well as Yosemite Sa [...]

    18. Who doesn't like a good revenge tale?First of all, this play was disgusting. I'm serious, it was disgusting. I'm usually craving (don't blame me) for books with graphic violence. I cannot tell you why, (because I don't really know why) but I like them. I enjoy reading scenes with blood in them but in this play, they reached a level that was almost sickening.Titus Andronicus is man that has everything in his life. He has just won a war, and luckily for him, everyone wants him as the new emperor, [...]

    19. این نمایشنامه ۱۰ تا مرگ داره سه تا دست بریده و یک زبان بریده و به این ترتیب اولین نمایشنامه شکسپیر خشن‌ترین نمایشنامه‌ش لقب می‌گیره البته نمایشنامه‌ی تیتوس اندرونیکوس به اندازه‌ی بقیه نمایشنامه‌های معروف شکسپیر پر از ماجرا و با ریتم بالاست.

    20. Titus Andronicus is one of Shakespeare's earliest tragedies. A detail that comes through in many aspects of the play, particularly its over-the-top, in-your-face violence. Little is left to the audience's imagination except for the rape and mutilation of Lavinia and the execution of Quintus and Martius, Titus' sons.Many would like to distance Shakespeare from this play. As if it were a piece of hackwork he threw together to pay the rent but it's actually quite Shakespearean, if a bit rough aroun [...]

    21. Sorry, Shakespeare. But that's a no from me.There's just too much random violence and gore. It's not something for me.

    22. Titus Andronicus, a great Roman general, is back from war with the Goths, having lost twenty-one of his twenty-five sons. The people want to proclaim him emperor, but he backs down in favor of Saturninus, the late emperor’s son. He decides to give his daughter, Lavinia, in marriage to Saturninus, but she, alas, is in love with Bassianus, Saturninine’s brother. Well, they settle this all out, and fairly amicably for a play which will soon be all betrayal, revenge and blood. Bassianus marries [...]

    23. I am going to write my review of William Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus with only a reader’s response critique, because it actually seems like the most powerful type I can offer. My first response when reading the play was to think that it wasn’t Shakespeare. (The origins of some plays accredited to Willy are hotly debated, and Titus’ story is one of them.) About half way through, I realized that I was questioning who authored Titus Andronicus because I was *hoping* that it wasn’t Shak [...]

    24. Reading Titus Andronicus turned me into one of those most hated audience members—you know, the kind that guffaws cynically at every tragic plot twist, that seems to laugh out of simple reflex, not wanting to let anything too terrifying or troubling get too close for emotional comfort. I'll admit, with every horrific stage direction (the infamous "enter Lavinia, her hands cut off and her tongue cut out, and ravished"), and every unbelievable—and unbelievably cruel—narrative development (Chi [...]

    25. It seems Billy Shakes was relieving some blood rage with this one. This play relates a violent and gory cycle of revenge between Titus, a Roman general, and Tamora, the Queen of the Goths. I’d say it’s like the Oresteia on crack, but the events of the Oresteia are nowhere near as messed up as in this play. The atrocities reach shocking heights, including but not limited to, rape, mutilation, and cutting off tongues—and that's just the crap committed against one person in the span of, like, [...]

    26. Known as the English bard's most violent play, “Titus Andronicus” had all the foul elements to be right up my alley. As a lover of the horror genre in all its forms, a tale filled with dismemberment, filicide, abduction, murder, tongue-cutting, adultery, beheadings, throat-slashings, regicide, and much more should have made me quiver with terror. But while I enjoyed it, I was not moved by the ceaseless calamities nor by Shakespeare’s less than stellar writing.As a youth I never appreciated [...]

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