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”
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.”
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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?”