| Quote #1
A nobler man, a braver warrior,
Here, at the very beginning of the play, Shakespeare introduces the idea that the Goths (as opposed to "noble" Romans like Titus Andronicus) are a "barbarous" people. But, does this idea hold up throughout the play?
| Quote #2
Hmm. In the previous passage we saw how Marcus equates the Goths with barbarism. Here, however, Shakespeare makes us question whether the Romans are as civilized as they claim to be. When Lucius asks for a human sacrifice, Titus offers up a Goth warrior (the eldest son of Tamora) and refuses to be merciful, even when Tamora begs for her son's life.
| Quote #3
We already know that the Romans are prone to violence – they've been at war with the Goths for ten years and they're also willing to make human sacrifices. As Saturninus draws his sword and demands to be named emperor, we find out that the Romans are also willing to fight other Romans and even their own family members.