Critic S. Mark Hulse figures that Titus Andronicus "has 14 killings, 9 of them on stage, 6 severed members, 1 rape (or 2 or 3 depending on how you count), 1 live burial, 1 case of insanity, and 1 of cannibalism – an average of 5.2 atrocities per act, or one for every 97 lines." There's so much revenge-fuelled violence in the play that it becomes ridiculous, and at times its grisliness has a comical effect. For some, this suggests that Shakespeare is mocking the genre of the revenge tragedy that was so popular in his time. For others, the play's violence is indicative of a young, inexperienced playwright setting out to emulate Seneca's dramas.
When Lucius sentences Aaron to be buried up to his neck and left for dead at the end of the play, Shakespeare suggests that the cycle of violence in Rome will never truly end.
In the play, hunting becomes a metaphor for the kind of predatory violence the characters engage in.