'The Roman emperor is dead, and his sons, Saturninus and Bassianus, are agitating over who will take over the position. Saturninus declares that it is his right by primogeniture, while Bassianus declares that he deserves the throne because he has greater merit. Their bickering is interrupted by the announcement that the Roman citizens have elected the general, Titus Andronicus, newly returned from a victorious war against the Goths, as their new emperor. On that note, Titus arrives bearing the bodies of his dead sons - of his original twenty-five he has lost twenty-one in battle - as well as his Goth prisoners.'

This play was incredibly bloody.

Titus Andronicus, returns from ten years of war with only four living sons out of twenty-five. He has captured Tamora, Queen of the Goths, and her three sons, as well as Aaron the Moor. In accordance with Roman rituals, Titus sacrifices Tamora's eldest son to his own dead sons. This act earns him Tamora's unending hatred and her promise of revenge.

This act of sacrifice and vow of vengeance ignites one of the most brutal and bloodiest works I have ever read.

With 14 killings, 9 of them taking place on stage, 3 rapes, an act of cannibalism, 6 severed limbs, a live burial, and a case of insanity. This works out to be one atrocity for every 97 lines of the play. I honestly don't know what else to say; this is the essence of this play.

I didn't know what to expect going into this play, so I got a shock with what I read. I have to say after the first jarring scenes I really enjoyed this play. I loved the pacing of it and after a while I became desensitized to the brutal scenes and really enjoyed watching the various plot unfold.

I am really glad I chose to read this play and I know that I will definitely read it again in the future.

Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare is a brilliant play that is not for the faint hearted.

Published by Geramie Kate Barker