Titus Andronicus and Other Thoughts

I’ve been reading Titus Andronicus today.

It’s a very complex play. A Roman general, Titus Andronicus returns from war with the Goths, having captured the Queen of the Goths, her lover and two of her sons. They torture and kill the third. Titus himself has four sons and a daughter. To begin with the Roman emperor wants Titus’ daughter for his empress; after Titus brings home his prisoners the emperor wants the Queen of the Goths instead. The emperor’s brother takes Titus’ daughter. There’s a line in there which I thought was appropriate for dealing with exes; after the emperor Saturnine congratulates his brother Bassianus saying “God give you joy, sir, of your gallant bride!” and Bassianus returns the congratulations and then adds, “I say no more, nor wish no less, and take my leave.” But granted, exes have been on my mind of late.

The other thing I realized, as the play progresses and more and more people get killed, raped or maimed because Titus and Tamora, Queen of the Goths, hate each other, is that Titus Andronicus stresses, once again, the importance of forgiveness. If Titus and Tamora, and indeed, Saturnine, had all just forgiven each other, the mess would have been arguably much less complex.

Which seems to pertain to everything else I’ve had on my mind lately.

I promise to stop blogging about the whole ex mess soon.

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