Segments in this Video

Sources and Influences (04:56)


This episode will explore sources, plot, defects, and achievements, and tragedy. "Titus Andronicus" can describe tragedy during the time period and demonstrate Shakespeare's development as a writer. Influences include Seneca's place, Contemporary Plays, Ovid's poetry, and Elizabethan social life.

The Plot (07:08)

Main characters include Titus Andronicus, Saturninus, Lavinia, Bassianus, Tamora, and Aaron. Titus executes one of The Queen of Goth's sons. Aaron suggests two soldiers rape Lavinia and amputate her hands and tongue.

Defects and Achievements (04:40)

Defects include poetic excess, significant violence, and busyness. Elizabethan audiences loved the tragedy and saw it as modern audiences would a slasher film. The play has a tightly controlled plot with some beautiful passages.

"Titus" as a Tragedy (01:58)

Tragedies are the imaginative depiction of a tragic figure that suffers a reversal of fortune and recognizes the consequences of his or her actions. The audience is not moved to pity and fear in "Titus Andronicus."

Credits: Titus Andronicus (00:42)

Credits: Titus Andronicus

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Titus Andronicus

Part of the Series : Standard Deviants School Shakespeare Series
3-Year Streaming Price: $129.95



The Standard Deviants begin at the beginning with Shakespeare's first tragedy, Titus Andronicus. This revenge play is knee-deep in blood and bile. Titus Andronicus may not be as good as other Shakespeare plays, but it's great at illustrating what tragedy was like in his day and at showing his development as a tragedian.

Length: 20 minutes

Item#: BVL155220

Copyright date: ©2005

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