Adversity In Titus Andronicus

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In both Titus Andronicus and Richard II the protagonist must face adversity and prove to their respective enemies that they have not been defeated. Titus is put in a position where he made a deal that was broken and Richard has been robbed of his title as king from Bolingbroke. Both characters use their metaphors when speaking to prove to everyone that they are still powerful when their pride has been stolen from them.
In Act III Scene I, Titus Andronicus cuts off his hand because he made a deal to exchange his hand for his sons Quintus and Martius who were framed for the murder of Bassianus (III. 1. 266-287). Aaron in a later scene states, “I trained thy brethren to that guileful hole where the dead corpse of Bassianus lay,” (V. 1. 106-107). A messenger then enters with the heads of Quintus and Martius because the deal was abandoned. This causes Titus to make a speech about how this action will make him stronger and not break him. Titus begins by describing his tears after he receives the heads of his sons. He says “I have not another tear to shed,” (III. 1. 266) and that he hopes his eyes will make his enemies “blind with tributary tears,” (III. 1. 269). Tears typically represent defeat and self-pity so Titus refuses to cry. He has lost many sons and Lavinia is physically broken so his family has experienced a large amount of pain. The tears that Titus speaks of will blind his enemies as a tribute. This tribute is to all of Titus’s children that have suffered and he

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