Titus Andronicus

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Hamlet Is a Revision of Titus Andronicus: Shakespeare Analysis The plays of William Shakespeare are among the most famous in English history. That is why it is no surprise that a number of his plays have been modified or redefined. Yet, what we often do not realize is how Shakespeare could have created his own revisions to his own plays. The first tragedy Shakespeare wrote was between 1588 and 1593 titled Titus Andronicus followed by the revision of this play, Hamlet, written between 1599 and 1602. Of course both of these plays are in different settings, apply contrasting plots, and include various characters. Although it is fascinating while taking a further look into these two plays how one reflects the other. Hamlet is a revision…show more content…
Another interesting aspect of these plays is that the murder “domino affect” had already been started by the time the play has begun. Titus had killed Tamora’s children while Claudius had already killed Hamlet’s father. Therefore, the ring of revenge patterns had been set in place before the play begun. Shakespeare intentionally uses this technique connecting the two plays proving the ultimate revision of Titus into…show more content…
In Hamlet, Ophelia commits suicide because she feels defected that the one she loves, Hamlet, is not reciprocating her feelings. She is also sad because of the untimely death of her father, Polonius; whereas Lavinia, the daughter of Titus Andronicus commits suicide because there is apparently no reason to live according to her. She has been raped, mutilated and defiled against her wish. Her virtue as a woman has been abused and so she kills herself as a way out of her misery. Suicide is used by Shakespeare as a way out for people to stop their suffering. But what is worthy of note is that Shakespeare makes sure that suicide is avenged in both plays. But just as there are similarities, there are also differences in both plays. The format, which revenge takes in the two plays is also different. Unlike in Hamlet where revenge is delayed, it is swift and fast in Titus. Also, there is the fact that revenge in Hamlet is directed against a particular person unlike Titus where both the innocent and the guilty face death. Tamora hides her intention of killing the sons of Titus, as Hamlet did when he wanted to kill the king. Yet, Hamlet's case is more reasonable due to the fact that he wants time to justify his killing the king whereas Tamora hides her intention because she does not want to be associated with the revenge in the end potentially leading to her having Aaron as a facilitator. The two plays

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