| Quote #4
Gentle Lavinia, let me kiss thy lips.
Titus's first instinct as the father of a victim of violence is to seek vengeance, or "plot some deuce of further misery."
| Quote #5
Alas, poor man! grief has so wrought on him,
At this point, the cycle of violence and vengeance seems to have taken a toll on Titus's sanity. In fact, just about everyone in the play thinks he's gone mad. (We can see why, especially when Titus gives his strange "don't kill that innocent fly" speech and shoots arrows into Saturninus's court.) But Titus later reveals that he's merely pretending to be insane in order to get revenge against Tamora's family. (Kind of like Hamlet, who puts on an "antic disposition" while he plots to take down his murderous uncle/stepdad, Claudius.) It turns out that madness (real or faked) is a common theme in 16th century revenge tragedies like Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, Hamlet, and Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy.
| Quote #6
Yikes! When Young Lucius declares the means by which he would avenge his aunt's rape (by storming into Tamora's "bed-chamber" for payback), we can't help but be disturbed. Lucius is merely a child, and yet his family's involvement in a blood feud is teaching him to repeat the cycle of revenge-fuelled violence. Marcus's "atta boy" response makes him no better than Tamora, who encouraged her sons to rape Lavinia back in 2.3.5.