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...e us, we look beyond the brutality at the subtle poetry and rhetoric. Often the language employed by the characters at moments of intense carnage will give us an indication of their own revulsion to it, or perhaps even the playwright's initial intentions with regards to particular scenes. On closer inspection, the episode where it appears Titus has the ability to mourn for his own sons whilst simultaneously condemning other children to death, may be more of a dramatic jigsaw that sacrificed coherency of style to further the plot. Similarly, the words of Marcus upon discovery of Lavinia can either be seen to distance the victim from the audience by a verbal barrier, or to reinforce the visual atrocities presented on stage. Inextricably linked to language, the violence of Titus Andronicus produces a play that is both marvellous in production and enduring in effect.
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