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In Shakespeares Titus Andronicus his understanding of stagecraft is not excellent but very good The Blood Revenge Tragedy in the expositional Act I is set in a violent male military society This in comparison to the pastoral As You Like It or A Midsummer Nights Dream is a strong and horrific setting one of revenge and injustice At the beginning of the play there is a conflict between Saturninus and Bassianus for the crown of Rome with their armies The armies are holding flags and drums to represent their loyalty to their leaders The conflict is shown by both armies entering from opposing sides of the main stage and meeting in the middle From the text we find that Saturninus and Bassianus are brothers fighting for the throne Saturninus declares that he is the first born whereas Bassianus declares that he is morally superior Aloft Marcus holds up the crown as a symbol of the immense power However he declares that Titus Andronicus Pias is to be invited to be emperor Marcus main reasons for this decision include nobleness bravery and incredible leadership in the ten years of war in which twenty of his twenty-five sons have perished This is the first description of Titus and is very flattering Saturninus and Bassianus have a sudden change of heart which shows primitive writing techniques Bassianus says that he will marry Titus daughter and his soldiers leave showing the conflict is over Drums sound these drums are slower than the previous flourish thus denoting a more solemn scene This is strengthened by the coffin that is brought on draped in black Shakespeare uses a prop to tell the story Because four of Titus sons follow the coffin we assume that it is another of his sons in it Also Shakespeare needs not to tell in the text that this son has died Shakespeares grapple of stagecraft is well developed in this scene With the coffin come the
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