Shakespeare Lecture June 2
1594 Quarto of titus Andronicus was discovered in 1904 – only known copy in existence
For centuries it was thought to be lost but then it was discovered
other quartos later appeared with slight changes, and new mistakes
With every correction, there were more mistakes
1590s – Referred to as a Marlovian play
Reference to Marlow – who was writing before Shakespeare
Marlow was the first to write in blank verse
Thomas Kidd – wrote the Spanish tragedy which was filled with gore and violence.
• They cut out somebody's tongue in the stage performance
All of these are following the model for revenge tragedy laid out by Seneca.
➢ Scene 1.1
Saturninus bases his speech on primogeniture (first born) – birth right
concept also talks about the son's inheritance of father's estate
Based on a hereditary monarchy, lineal succession
He believes his birth gives him the right to his throne
Bassianus bases his speech on democracy/election
Before people get to choose, Marcus interrupts and says that they've already chosen their
leader and it is Titus Andronicus.
1) Emphasis on accom