Emrys Jones

The Tragic Idea

Titus Andronicus

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Titus Andronicus has always been the joker in the Shakespeare pack. The play is violent even by Elizabethan standards and not only violent but gruesomely and grotesquely horrible. Not surprisingly, therefore, it could never be made to conform to the image of Shakespeare evolved in Victorian England. The presence in the Shakespeare canon of such an unwholesome work was an embarrassment; and in time means were found to ease the situation.

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