Titus Andronicus Research Paper

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The first act of William Shakespeare’s revenge tragedy Titus Andronicus presents the murder of a Goth, Alarbus. Alarbus was chopped up and thrown into the “sacrificing fire,” whose smoke now smells, “like incense [that] doth perfume the sky” (1.1.145). Titus Andronicus is demonstrative of Shakespeare’s later career in that it, quite literally, “sets the stage” for what is to come in some of Shakespeare’s later works. Shakespeare, just coming up as an exciting new playwright, realized that his works, Henry VI, Parts 1-3 and similar others, were not entertaining the crowds in sixteenth century England and decided that he needed to give the audience what they wanted, eye-catching violence and intense drama and gore. Thus, Shakespeare utilized sensationalism when writing his seemingly violent and excessively vulgar play, Titus Andronicus. Sensationalism is, “subject matter, language, or style producing or designed to produce…show more content…
In the same way Shakespeare makes use of “nature of consequences” in Titus Andronicus, he also employs a more detailed adaptation of this theme in his later work, Romeo and Juliet. In Romeo and Juliet, two verboten lovers, Romeo and Juliet’s parents will never allow the two lovers to marry because of a long-standing dispute between the two families. As a consequence, Juliet attempts to find a way out of marrying a man named Paris, and she drinks an elixir to bring on a deep slumber that has the appearance of death. When Romeo hears about Juliet’s “death,” he jumps to conclusions and runs to her “gravesite” and kills himself. Right as he is passing, Juliet wakes up from her slumber. Now, Juliet decides to kill

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