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Who is the actual hero in Titus Andronicus Titus Andronicus was an early experimental tragedy by William Shakespeare produced in 1593-94 and published in a quarto edition from foul papers in 1594 The First Folio version was prepared from a copy of the quarto with additions from a manuscript that has been used as a promptbook The plays crude melodramatic style and its many savage incidents led many critics to believe it was not written by Shakespeare Modern criticism however tends to regard the play as authentic Titus Andronicus relates its story of revenge and political strife with a uniformity of tone and consistency of dramatic structure Titus Andronicus and the Myths of Shakespeares Rome most notably in the tragedy there are presented two Ovidian myths The Rape of Philomela and The Worlds Four Ages The Rape of Philomena provides Shakespeare with his basic characters and the events involving Lavinia his Philomela while Ovids fourth age of iron describes Shakespeares physical Rome a military establishment protected by walls and filled with sword-carrying soldiers The ancient Roman myth of the God Saturn who devoured his children to remain in power himself must have been another story Shakespeare used to develop his Roman characters in Titus Andronicus For obvious proof he points to the name of the emperor Saturninus and the final gruesome banquet during which this emperor literally eats his stepsons I would like to explore the human character Shakespeare gives Rome herself through his consistent personification of the city and his simultaneous dehumanization or characterization of his manifestly human characters All the persons Shakespeare depicts in Titus Andronicus are two dimensional either good or bad The dividing line falls between those who support Titus the tragic warrior hero and those on the side of Tamora the evil Queen-empress The former are noble and selfless demonstrating roman pietas while the latter are selfish In Titus Andronicus Shakespeare makes the point that Tamora and her
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