Titus Andronicus is the most revered general of Rome. Newly returned from his victories against the Goths, Titus looks forward to retirement, especially as these battles have cost him over twenty of his sons. But he has insulted and angered Tamora, the Queen of the Goths and now Empress of Rome. She--along with her sons Chiron and Demetrius--set out to take revenge upon Titus and his family, especially Lavinia, his innocent and virtuous daughter. Alongside the evil schemes of the Goths is Aaron, a Moor and the lover of Tamora, who by the end of the play repents that he ever did one good deed. An early Shakespearean tragedy, marked by visceral and bloody violence, Titus Andronicus is an examination of political turmoil and the destructive passions of revenge.
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