Titus Was the Name, Deception Was the Game.
Titus Andronicus was definitely one of the bloodiest plays that I have ever read. If I had to use one word to describe the play Titus, deception would be the word I chose. I chose deception because all through the play it seemed every new scene there was some sort of devious action being carried out. .
The part of the play that sticks out in my mind as being the most deceitful is when Tamora sets out for revenge on Titus for killing Alarbus. Since Titus has taken her son's life, Tamora's other sons, Demetrius and Chiron, begin the bloodshed and the deception. They kill Bassianus in the woods, and then raped Lavinia, leaving her without a tongue or hands. .
Another part of Titus that was surrounded by deception was when Aaron was seeking revenge against Titus by framing his sons, Quintus and Martius, for the murder of Bassianus. This clearly showed me that Aaron was not a trustworthy person and I figured that there was much more information that would lead from his character as we watched along with the play. And at one point, Aaron told Titus that the emperor would spare Quintus and Martius if Titus cut off a hand and sent it to him. So Titus made the sacrifice, however, the hand was soon returned along with the heads of his two sons. Yet another example of how deceitful characters of the play were.
Through all the deviation and deception a well-rounded play emerged. I enjoyed Titus Andronicus. However, it is hard for me to imagine such an example of modern times to try and compare with the drastic measures that the characters of the play went to. The play was suspenseful and kept me interested. And definitely made me think about just how devious some of my friends might be.