Titus Andronicus and the Violence of Tragedy

Innes, Paul ORCID: 0000-0001-5375-5341 (2012) Titus Andronicus and the Violence of Tragedy. Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies, 1 (1). pp. 27-48. doi:10.1353/jlt.2012.0008

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Titus Andronicus begins with the looming threat of a three-way civil war. Saturninus and Bassianus, the two sons of the recently deceased emperor, enter with separate appeals to their supporters. The first words of the play place Saturninus very much at the head of the aristocracy: “Noble patricians, patrons of my right, / Defend the justice of my cause with arms.”1 His claim to the throne relies on primogeniture. Bassianus, on the other hand, bases his on “desert in pure election” (1.1.16). He too is prepared to fight. The situation becomes even more complex when Marcus Andronicus arrives in his capacity as Tribune of the People: Princes, that strive by factions and by friends Ambitiously for rule and empery, Know that the people of Rome, for whom we stand A special party, have by common voice In election for the Roman empery Chosen Andronicus, surnamed Pius For many good and great deserts to Rome. (1.1.18–24)

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Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Violence in literature; English drama; Shakespeare, William
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Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
P Language and Literature > PR English literature > PR1 Literary history and criticism
P Language and Literature > PR English literature > PR401 Modern > PR421 Elizabethan era
P Language and Literature > PR English literature > PR621 Drama
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Research Priority Areas: Culture, Continuity, and Transformation
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2016 12:49
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:56
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/3636

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