Just a couple of quick notes on how elements of Titus Andronicus foreshadow developments later in the career of Shakespeare:
Continue reading Titus Harbinger
first an apology: I’ve been thinking about this concept now for a couple of weeks… but I don’t have time to do the topic justice… the following blog entry begins promisingly, but it turns pretty scattershot pretty quickly… if I get a chance to edit this and make it better, I will. But for now, it’s all I’ve got…
In Hamlet, we’re told that the flesh is heir to a thousand natural shocks. But in Titus Andronicus, there are myriad un-natural ones, too. Rape. Tongue cut out. Hands cut off. Men sacrificed. Children killed then baked into pies and fed to their mother. Villains buried chest deep and left to die. It’s an existence filled with pain and distress. How can man cause such pain to his fellow man? (and here, I’m talking about the characters, not Shakespeare)
Continue reading Bodies Stacked Like Cord Wood
There are three races depicted in Titus Andronicus: the Romans, the Goths, and a Moor.
Continue reading Race Tract (or “Convenient but Not Conventional”)
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This week’s podcast includes a review of the BBC Titus Andronicus and Julie Taymor Titus DVDs, plus a discussion of the rock band Titus Andronicus from Glen Rock, NJ.
Continue reading Podcast 09: Titus in Pop Culture
Just found this site: No Fear Shakespeare
According to their website, “No Fear Shakespeare puts Shakespeare’s language side-by-side with a facing-page translation into modern English—the kind of English people actually speak today.”
Continue reading No Fear Shakespeare?
Hands are the agents of human action. Feet may carry us. Words may move us (metaphorically). But it is hands to do the work.
You might even say that if eyes are mirrors to the soul, then hands are mirrors to the man (or woman).
And “hands” are a focal point in Titus Andronicus.
Continue reading Gimme a Hand, Willya?
Just came across this great article
The Shakespearean Heroes Science Fiction Should Steal From
If you are at all interested in popular culture, this is a cool little (ok, not so little) article. io9 is a science fiction website/blog/news site/discussion forum… what a great discovery… it just might become regular reading for me.
Titus Andronicus has four different sets of brothers. I think this is more than any other play (except maybe for a history play (in those War of the Roses plays, the families can get pretty unwieldy).
Continue reading O, Brothers, Where Art Thou?
Titus Andronicus. Dark play. Tragedy. Revenge tragedy. Very bloody. And yet…
There are numerous opportunities for laughs. Admittedly, some are pretty sick laughs, but laughs nonetheless.
Continue reading Yuks for Yucks
Both Tamora and Titus are on missions of revenge. Aaron, on the other hand, despite his claims to the contrary, is not out for revenge. He is simply a villain, a role in which he takes the utmost pride and joy.
Continue reading Vengeance is Mine
Using Professor Rodes’ midpoint theory, let’s take a look at Titus Andronicus.
There are 2522 total lines in the play (using our Pelican Shakespeare text, the ones we are using for the entire series). The midpoint comes at line 239 of Act Three, Scene One.
Continue reading Numbers: Midpoint (or, “Woe is me”… and not ironically, either)
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This week’s podcast includes a discussion tragedy and Titus, plus the launch of a new contest.
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1:20 — Text should be “1580s” instead of “1850s”
Continue reading Podcast 08: Titus and Tragedy
OK, so you’re a director… and you’re about to mount a production of Titus Andronicus (or it could be a movie version)…
who would be your dream cast?
And, why, gentle reader, why should you do this???
a free Bill / Shakespeare Project tee-shirt to the best/most original/most well-reasoned casting director
Enter by commenting to this blog entry. Contest entries due before 12 Noon (Pacific) on Thursday, August 27. I’ll announce the winner in the last podcast of the month (Sunday, August 30).
Yesterday, we talked a little (or a little more than a little) about how Titus (and Titus Andronicus as a whole) fit into the whole Aristotelian definition of tragedy. We came to the conclusion that Titus’ hamartia (or error in judgment) was his refusal to spare the life of Tamora’s eldest son, Alarbus, when his own son Lucius calls for a sacrifice to calm the spirits of his dead brothers (Titus’ dead sons).
So that’s the “what”… what about the “why”? Why does he make this decision? And why does he make the decisions that further his reversal of fortune?
Continue reading What Makes a Man Start Fires?