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GCSE: Titus Andronicus
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These questions lead the members of the audience to begin questioning their own morality and even humanity. What is most definitely apparent is the overuse of violence in the play. It seems that some of the more 'innocent' characters of the play are killed first, leaving the audience angry and complicit in the revenge cycle that follows the deaths (in which one a death would lead onto another, and it is never clear when it is that a death has been entirely avenged or the revenge has been to harsh leaving the victim, the new unjust murderer.
Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.
- Do they use key words from the title or question?
- Do they answer the question directly?
- Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
To what extent do you consider Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus to be a moral play?
"So in fact, Titus Andronicus is, in my opinion, deliberately brutal and graphic to teach us that revenge produces nothing but pain. However, if this fairly subtle moral is not realised because the play may in fact provoke excitement and interest in the bloodbath of the plot and people may not extract themselves from it and look at the play as opposed to immersing themselves in it then Shakespeare may have produced the opposite of what he intended: A montage of rape, revenge and murder to please the appetite of all the blood-thirsty instinctual humans amongst us."