| Quote #7
Titus Andronicus, for thy favors done
Saturninus's tune sure changes fast when Titus names him emperor. (Just a few seconds ago he was ready to wage war against his brother and threatened Titus.) This clues us in to the fact that, even though Rome's body politic now has a "head," Rome will likely continue to be as unstable as its new leader.
Notice also that Saturninus acknowledges that he owes Titus for everything he has. This feeling won't last long.
| Quote #8
Now climbeth Tamora Olympus' top,
Aaron describes Tamora's rise to power in lofty terms, comparing the Goth Queen turned Roman Empress to the "golden sun" rising over the ocean. Because Aaron is having an affair with Tamora, he sees this as an opportunity for himself as well.
| Quote #9
Is warlike Lucius general of the Goths?
Saturninus's poor leadership and abuse of Titus's family are not lost on the "common people" of Rome. Here we learn how the people want Titus's son Lucius to lead them. We also find out that Saturninus is so paranoid that he disguises himself as a commoner and walks the streets of Rome to find out what the people are saying about him. (Shakespeare's King Henry V also disguises himself and walks among his soldiers to find out what his troops think about him and the war he's waging.)