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Titus Andronicus Power Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Act.Scene.Line). Line numbers correspond to the Riverside edition.

Quote #10

O, let me teach you how to knit again
This scatter'd corn into one mutual sheaf,
These broken limbs again into one body;
Lest Rome herself be bane unto herself,
And she whom mighty kingdoms court'sy to,
Like a forlorn and desperate castaway,
Do shameful execution on herself. (5.3.2)

After Rome has been nearly destroyed by Titus's blood feud with Tamora, Marcus calls for unity. What's interesting is that Marcus uses the same body politic metaphor we saw in the play's first scene (see above). Here Marcus says he'd like to see Rome's "broken limbs" united again in "one body" under a new leader. When Lucius is named emperor in the moments that follow, he picks up on Marcus's metaphor and promises to "heal" Rome's injuries.


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