Titus opens with a conflict: a series of public appeals on the part of two sons who are combating their right to be considered the emperor. Each of them makes a speech to their family and public; good way of getting everyone"s attention. Structure - saturninus is the older son, thus more conventional claim to the throne; not necessarily qualified, though. Bassianus - merit to the throne; he"s younger. Garner support for their sides - it"s an election. Titus comes back from the war; marcus, his brother, argues that titus has been sacrificing sons and fighting in the service of rome - he has a good claim to the throne as well. Titus decides he doesn"t want to be the emperor. He wants to be himself and retire. Refusal to take power that culminates in political discord. Richard ii opens with similar gambit: opens with conflict between two characters defused by main character.