Titus Andronicus as a Loyal Servant to the State Comparison Essay by Nicky

Titus Andronicus as a Loyal Servant to the State
An analysis and comparison of Titus Andronicus, Hamlet and Prince Henry in Shakespeare's works, "Titus Andronicus", "Hamlet" and "Henry IV".
# 128451 | 1,614 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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The paper demonstrates Shakespeare's ability to craft the powerful characters of Titus Andronicus in "Titus Andronicus", Hamlet in "Hamlet", and Prince Henry in "Henry IV". The paper then shows how Hamlet and Henry find peace at the end of their stories, while Titus is the only character of the three that seems to die without reconciliation. The paper focuses on Titus and how he is the example of what can happen when an individual is more loyal to the state than to his own family.

From the Paper:

"One of the predominant reasons that Shakespeare's plays remain popular is because they present to us realistic and memorable characters. That Shakespeare had the ability to create impressive characters is evident even in his earliest plays. His characters become real because they possess certain characteristics to which we can all relate. In addition, there was something deeply moving about them; they were not static not dry. Critic Harold Bloom asserts that that in Shakespeare, "characters develop rather than unfold, and they develop because they reconceive themselves" (Bloom xix). From this perspective, we can see how some of Shakespeare's most powerful characters are the ones that develop a sense of being outside themselves and they fumble with what it means to be human in a world filled with revenge, madness, and obligation."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Berthoud, Jacques. "Titus Andronicus. Introduction to Titus Andronicus." 2001. GALE Resource Database. Information Retrieved November 03, 2008. <www.infotrac.galegroup.com>
  • Bloom, Harold. Shakespeare: Inventing the Human. New York: Riverhead Books. 1998.
  • Margaret, Webster. Shakespeare Without Tears. Fawcett World Books. 1957.
  • A. C. Hamilton. "Titus Andronicus: The Form of Shakespearian Tragedy." Shakespeare Quarterly. 1963. JSTOR Resource Database. Information Retrieved November 03, 2008. <http://www.jstor.org/>
  • Shakespeare, William. "Titus Andronicus." The Works of William Shakespeare. New York: Oxford University Press. 1904.

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