Titus Andronicus draft

Shakespeare and the Literary Heritage

 

How have extremes of emotion expressed in Titus Andronicus and selected WW1 poetry been effectively created by the writers’ craft and performance of the drama text on stage, on screen and in the classroom?

In this assessment I will be discussing how the writers’, Shakespeare and Wilfred Owen have expressed extremes of emotion within each of their respective texts. Both texts written by Shakespeare and the WWI poets express a number of different emotions throughout using a number different language devices which I will be discussing during this assessment.

Titus Andronicus is play written by Shakespeare during the Elizabethan era.Titus Andronicus is set during Roman times, it is about a Roman general who has returned from war and the troubles he experiences after his return. To express the emotion caused by these troubles (eg: despair, desperation and anger, grief and loss), Shakespeare used a range of language devices, such as metaphors, similes and personification.

Much like Shakespeare, Owen Wilson has used a number of language devices to express emotions within the two plays ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ and ‘Anthem For Doomed Youth’ which he wrote during WWI expressing the horrors of war, 400 years after Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus. Wilfred Owen also uses a range of language devices such as metaphors, similes and personification.

In Titus Andronicus there are a number of instances where extremes of emotions are shown, the main one for me being in Act 3 Scene 1, where Titus is pleading to the Tribunes to spare his sons as they were to be executed for the murder of… In this scene there is a key simile where Titus compares the Tribunes to a stone, ‘A stone is a soft as wax, tribunes more harder than stones’. This quote said by Titus expresses how hard and stubborn the Tribunes are as they make a stone appear as ‘soft as wax’, implying that they are even harder than stone.

Another feature within Act 3 Scene 1 that shows extreme emotion is the stutter within the iambic pentameter where it falls on the word ‘tribunes’. This fall on the word ‘tribunes’ shows distress and that the tribunes are the cause for it as they have decided the death of Titus’ three sons.

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‘But not us! An’ why? Because …. Because I got you, and you got me to look after you, and that’s why’. This quote is very ironic as we know at the end George has to kill him, to save him. In this quote we can see steinbecks use of foreshadowing which creates a sense of tension within the text and as we know, lennie can be unpredictable and this gives us the reader worry for lennie and makes it apparent that there is an inevitable ‘bad ending’ to the story where they never accomplish their dream.

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Act 3 scene 2 stuff – Titus andronicus

‘Who, when my heart, all mad with misery,
Beats in this hollow prison of my flesh,
Then thus I thump it down. Thou map of woe, that thus dost talk in signs!
When thy poor heart beats with outrageous beating,
Thou canst not strike it thus to make it still.
Wound it with sighing, girl, kill it with groans;
Or get some little knife between thy teeth,
And just against thy heart make thou a hole,
That all the tears that thy poor eyes let fall
May run into that sink, and soaking in,
Drown the lamenting fool in sea-I salt tears.’ – Act 3 scene 2
-great personification of the imprisoned heart

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Act 1 scene 1

1. Titus returns from battle and is on stage telling the people of his victory.
2. His son Lucias is back stage holding a bloody sword where he tells titus what him and his brother done to one of Tamara’s daughter.
3. They had cut his limbs off and thrown them on the sacrifice fire.
4. Titus says he’s flattered but he’s way too old and tired to rule Rome. After ten long years of military service, Titus just wants to retire in peace.
5.Now that it’s obvious that Titus doesn’t want to rule Rome, Bassianus throws his hat back into the ring and asks Titus for his support
6.Titus asks the people and the tribunes to let him choose the next emperor and they agree.
7.Titus names Saturninus as the new emperor.
Saturninus accepts the title and offers to marry Lavinia as a thank you to Titus.
8. Saturninus sees Tamora and immediately regrets his engagement to Lavinia.
9.Bassianus grabs Lavinia and runs off with her.
10.Titus’s sons (Lucius, Quintus, and Martius) help him get away while Mutius guards the door, blocking Titus from chasing after them.
11.Titus kills him for getting in the way and demands that Lavinia be returned.
12. Saturninus says not to bother as he doesn’t want to marry into titus’ traitorous family.
13. Titus is crushed and feels completely disgraced.
14.Saturninus turns to Tamora and announces he wants to marry her.

Quote 1: ‘Who, when my heart, all mad with misery,
Beats in this hollow prison of my flesh,
Then thus I thump it down. Thou map of woe, that thus dost talk in signs!
When thy poor heart beats with outrageous beating,
Thou canst not strike it thus to make it still.
Wound it with sighing, girl, kill it with groans;
Or get some little knife between thy teeth,
And just against thy heart make thou a hole,
That all the tears that thy poor eyes let fall
May run into that sink, and soaking in,
Drown the lamenting fool in sea-I salt tears.’ – Act 3 scene 2
-great personification of the imprisoned heart

Sep 26, 2013 - Communication    No Comments

Titus andronicus

Was anything important happening at the time that would make people go or not go to the theatre?

During the time when Titus andronicus was being shown in theatre, there had been an out break of the bubonic plague during the years 1592-1594. This however is contradictory of the popularity of Titus andronicus as it was still liked by many but was however not approved of.

The Plague affected the theatre hard, people who had caught the plague were no longer able to attend the theatre and those who hadn’t were reluctant to attend due to fear and risk of catching it themselves.

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Theme study

The theme that I have decided to use is Deception, based on the fact that its relation to the books and films I have chosen and it is also stronger than my original theme regret. The books and films I have chosen to use are: The Great Gatsby (book and film); Hamlet; Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde; To Kill a Mockingbird;

Deception is a very dark, deep and overall emotional subject. It’s definition being ‘acts to propagate beliefs that are not true, or not the whole truth’

The Great Gatsby is a story by author F.Scott Fitzgerald, and is narrated by a character named Nick Caraway who appears to be the main, centre interest however is truly revolving around his rich neighbour Gatsby. Gatsby’s relationship with the story itself is strengthened as we are told of his deep love for for Nick Caraway’s cousin Daisy who he had a previous relationship with before the war and Daisy’s marriage. Throughout the book there are many features of deception. One of the main times this is shown from the first moment where daisy and gatsby are reunited and she leads him to believe that she loves him and him alone with no love for her current husband. We know this to be untrue late into the story towards the end and is confirmed in the last chapter where she doesn’t attend the funeral.

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Theme Study

The Great Gatsby

Even after 5 years his love remained. “You can’t re-live the past” .

Haris personally relates to the idea that you can’t regain your past, which seems only to be something you can learn in retrospect.

The theme of regret flows through both texts as Hamlet is also burdened by the self-condemnation he feels for his own inaction related to the murder of his father.

What I recommend, Haris, is that you quote extensively from the texts themselves. You’ll find that by referring to the texts and using the author’s words, your ideas will be much more strongly developed and your presentation will have ring of authority.

– let me know if you need any further help.

Mr Waugh

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