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In William Shakespeares Play Titus Andronicus the main characters Titus Andronicus and Tamora are polar opposites Titus the General of Rome is a war victor and a self-righteous paragon for his committed respect for Roman traditions Tamora the Queen of the Goths is consumed with barbarism a definitive lack of morals wanton ways and uninhibited licentious behavior Conversely the distinction between right and wrong is in complete contrast between Roman civilized behavior and Gothic barbarism In Act I scene i Titus Andronicus has returned from a grueling and arduous ten year war in which he lost twenty-one sons while trying to protect his homeland of Rome He is a brave and noble warrior who sacrifices a great deal for his country With him he transports Tamora Queen of the Goths and her sons Despite the despondent plea from Tamora Titus follows Roman law and custom and orders Tamoras oldest son Alarbus to be ritualistically killed in exchange for the death of his own sons As Tamora continuously pleads for her sons life Titus does not hesitate to bless the killing of Tamoras child in the name of his own dead children However when Titus refuses to listen to Tamoras plea and ruthlessly executes Alarbus Chiron Alarbus brother and son to Tamora exclaimed Was never Scythia so barbarous Ii131 Afterward Titus kills his own son Mutius because he interfered with Titus affairs when he went to retrieve his daughter Lavinia Lavinia while betrothed to Bassianus had run away as Titus named Saturninus as the new Emperor When Marcus Andronicus brother to Titus and Roman Tribute advocates to Titus thou art a Roman be not barbarous Act I Scene i line 378 the connotation and ideal is that Roman rituals in this instance the killing of his son are civilized As this killing is occurring the distinction between the Romans as noble and civilized people and the Goths as barbarians becomes intricately complex because the
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