Titus Andronicus

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Vengeance does not Provide Everlasting Satisfaction William Shakespeare’s literature has history of staged and film reproductions. Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare’s famous revenge tragedy play, stands as no exception to the previous statement. David Foley McCandless uses Julie Taymor’s play and film versions of Titus Andronicus to show the opposing impacts of violence each has on the audience (489). Taymor’s visions correlate to modern society’s tendencies of vengeance, and how the characters in the play were shaped by revengeful occurrences over the course of the play.

McCandless signifies the chaos and vengeance displayed by Titus throughout the play result from the failure of traditional power in Rome (490). During the first acts of the play, Titus returns a military hero and shows his beliefs in traditional Roman culture. In both of Taymor’s renderings of the play Titus shifts from armored warrior to weeping grandpa in distressed appearance (490). Titus’s shift from valiant to helpless is provides the audiences of both the film and staged production to sense the effects of a corrupted Roman empire. McCandless connects Titus’s demise from military hero demeaned by Roman society, to the Vietnam vet’s dislocation in society after the war (490). The mood of the audience is sorrowful, as Titus appears to be directly following the path of Rome, in what traditionally is such a powerful and fair empire, in falling apart as a result from a corrupted emperor and revenge minded wife. McCandless provides how the collapse of Rome leaves Titus nullifying his values, losing what formerly were the pillars of his self. Viewers of Taymor’s renderings can feel for Titus and his tumbling downfall, in how he was built to respect and cherish Roman culture, and now the collapse has left him with almost no sense of self. McCandless directs Titus fall from grace to Lavinia and her…...

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