Vengeance is a strange family affair in Titus Andronicus. When Tamora wants to get back at Titus for sacrificing her eldest son, she goes after the man's children. Titus's response is to trick Tamora into eating her two remaining sons. At the same time, the play is also filled with domestic violence and in-fighting. Titus kills two of his own children, and there are two sets of brothers who squabble over power and a woman.
Titus believes his loyalty to Rome is more important than his relationships with his children.
Aaron the Moor's protective attitude toward his infant son offers a glimmer of humanity in one of Shakespeare's most sinister villains.