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This paper briefly discusses how Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus" stands out as an exemplary prototypical revenge tragedy. In particular, it looks at how both Shakespeare and Julie Taynor interpret Titus' insanity and how neither makes it clear whether or not he is crazy. The paper further discusses the subject of evil and how Titus feels that his actions are entirely justified by the evils that have been practiced against him and his children.
From the Paper:"This is definitely an aspect of the script that Julie Taynor, who directed a recent film version of Titus Andronicus starring Anthony Hopkins, Alan Cummings, and Jessica Lange, understood and appreciated through and through. This final dinner scene and the ensuing bloodbath wrings ever last possible ounce of gory drama out of the script; the talking ceases for a time while the camera observes the members of the dinner party all enjoying the pies that contain the blood and bones (and possibly the meat, although this isn't made explicit in either the script or the film) of Tamora's two sons. This makes the extremity of this cannibalistic act far more heightened than the script alone suggests, but it is exactly what the script requires. The perfection of the setup, and the well-coiffed appearance of everyone in attendance, makes the horror of the act and of the play that much more intense."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Evans, G. Blakemore and M. Tobin, eds. The Riverside Shakespeare. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2003.
- Shakespeare, William. Titus Andronicus. in The Riverside Shakespeare.
Cite this Book Review:
Delicious Evil in "Titus Andronicus" (2012, March 30) Retrieved January 27, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/delicious-evil-in-titus-andronicus-150705/
"Delicious Evil in "Titus Andronicus"" 30 March 2012. Web. 27 January. 2021. <https://www.academon.com/book-review/delicious-evil-in-titus-andronicus-150705/>