ENG220 Titus Andronicus
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Wednesday, October 5, 2011
•Aaron vs Titus in paternal love
•Titus belatedly comes to realize love for children
•race and ethnicity
•outcast, misshaped, dominated by “Saturn” (dark, depressed, melancholy)
•early modern blackness
•evil, vice, tempter
•migration and slave trade
•geographic navigating and exploring of globe
•story of other people’s appearances and habits
•fear and anxiety
•desire to expel different
•Tamora and Aaron’s relationships
•Tamora’s lies to sons despite revenge on behalf on son
•wandering prince and Dido
•Lavina and Tamora’s conversation
•bear woman’s face... tiger’s young ones teach dam...
•no form of communication for Lavina
•Quintus: what subtle hole is this, whose mouth is covered with...
•sense of fear
•womb and tomb
•high rate of infant mortality
•Aaron as stage master
•Philomel and Progne as intertext, Metamorpheses
•Philomel’s tongue cut off, weave tapestry to tell crime
•story known so well that extra measure taken
•understanding of audience’s knowledge, make known Shakespeare is better
•Marcus, “fair Philomela... craftier Tereus.. fingers could have better sewed
better than Philomel”....
•“monster seen those lily hands treemble... kiss... touched... heard heavenly harmony...
sweet tongue... make thy father blind for such sight will blind father’s eyes
•all sensory language
•noting how Lavina’s lips red but all blood, although lose blood still blush from shame
•dark humor, hyperbole, manipulation of emotion
•Lavina point to Metamorphoses
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