As I’m out of town this weekend, I don’t have a lot of time to write, but I do have time to release a new infographic on my Teachers Pay Teachers page! And what screams new infographic like a bit o’ the ol’ ultraviolence, right?
And what says ultraviolence more than Titus Andronicus…
Continue reading “Titus Andronicus: A History of Violence [INFOGRAPHIC]”
After Good Tickle Brain‘s brilliant Mya Gosling released her Titus Andronicus death clock, it got me thinking what a Titus timeline might look like. While hers definitely conveys the over-the-top-to-the-point-of-nervous-laughter-ness of Titus Andronicus, I thought she had left off a few things.
I don’t have her artistic flair, but mine’s got more death (and rape)…
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The Merchant of Venice is a play about Shylock. Wrong. But that’s what people think.
Shylock is an evil Jew. Well, maybe. But that’s certainly what people IN the play say.
Continue reading “My Gossip, Report”
Funny thing. While sifting through The Third Part of Henry the Sixth on a second go, I found a couple of references to hands that hearken back to Titus Andronicus and its use (and abuse) of limbs. If you remember Titus, Lavinia’s rapists cut off her hands (as well as her tongue) to prevent her from implicating them. Later, under a false offer to release Titus’ two imprisoned sons, Titus, his brother Marcus, and Titus’ other son Lucius, all offer to cut off their hands to win the release. Titus sacrifices his hand to the villain Aaron, but wins no release of his sons.
As in Titus, the references here also refer to mutilation, and here specifically self-mutilation.
Continue reading “Brother, Can You Lend Me a Hand (or two)?”
As we end the bloodbath that is Titus Andronicus, as we end our second month of our three-year journey, I want to thank all of you.
Continue reading “Attend the Tale of Bill Walthall (or Sweeney Todd, or Titus Andronicus)”
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This week’s podcast includes a proposed casting for a production of Titus Andronicus, as well as a couple of production concepts. Also, our monthly casting contest.
Continue reading “Podcast 10: Titus Andronicus Production Concepts”
A little over a week ago, we discussed the concept of brotherhood in Titus Andronicus (to no real conclusion, if memory serves). Today, let’s take a look at another kind of familial relationship: parent and child.
Continue reading “Fathers and Sons (and Mother and Sons… and Father and Daughter)”
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”