Study Guide

Alarbus in Titus Andronicus

By William Shakespeare


Alarbus is Tamora's eldest son and a Goth prisoner of war. Since Alarbus is the "proudest prisoner," he's chosen as the victim for the Romans' ritual sacrifice (1.1).

Alarbus doesn't have a speaking role and his appearance onstage is brief. Still, his death motivates Tamora's revenge against Titus, and it also raises the question of whether or not the Romans are as civilized as they like to think they are.