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Titus Andronicus Violence Quotes

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

Quote #10

Why, there they are both, baked in that pie;
Whereof their mother daintily hath fed,
Eating the flesh that she herself hath bred.
'Tis true, 'tis true; witness my knife's sharp point. (5.3.9)

When Titus plays the role of chef and serves Tamora a human meat pie, we're not sure if we should cringe or laugh out loud. There's something about the gleeful and sing-songy way in which Titus reveals his secret ingredients that makes this scene both comical and grisly.

Quote #11

You sad-faced men, people and sons of Rome,
By uproar sever'd, like a flight of fowl
Scatter'd by winds and high tempestuous gusts,
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, (5.3.2)

By the end of the play, the revenge-fuelled bloodshed has nearly destroyed Rome. Now the play seems interested in how Rome can be mended after so much unspeakable violence and destruction.

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