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"Tribunes, I thank you: and this suit I make,
That you create your emperor's eldest son,
Lord Saturnine; whose virtues will, I hope,
Reflect on Rome as Titan's rays on earth,
And ripen justice in this commonweal:
Then, if you will elect by my advice,
Crown him and say 'Long live our emperor!"
Tamora (queen of the Goths) has taken it upon herself to make Titus' life miserable due to the fact that she pleaded for her eldest son's life to be spared and Titus refused because he was always used to following protocol. His only daughter was raped and mutilated by Tamora's sons. He lost many sons during the war. He only had three left and two of them we framed for murder and beheaded by the evil deeds of Tamora and her lover Aaron the Moor. Titus at this point feels that all that he has accomplished has gone down the drain. His family has been destroyed because of his relentless attempts to follow the codes of proper behavior.
Titus feels as if all has been lost. Each new misfortune hits the aged, tired Titus with heavier impact. Eventually, he begins to act oddly and everyone assumes that he is crazy.
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"Traitors, away! He rests not in this tomb:
This monument five hundred years hath stood,
which I have sumptuously re-edified:
Here none but soldiers and Rome's servitors
repose in fame; none basely slain in brawls:
Bury him where you can; he comes not here"
Titus' flaws were that instead of following what was best for someone even it meant breaking the rules he would ignore that feeling and just do what is expected. Especially since he was a Roman commander showing compassion was considered weak, Titus only acted on what was dictated for a man of his position. Also his need for revenge was immense. Although I do not blame him for wanting to avenge all the indecencies that were done to his daughter and the murder of his sons, this great need for revenge led to his death.