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The Characters Of A Monster In William Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus

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In William Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus the characters Aaron, Tamora, Demetrius, and Chiron are considered monstrous due to their actions that lead up to the tragic ending of the play. Jeffrey Jerome Cohen’s idea of characteristics that a monster possesse would also classify these four characters as a monster. Although Tamora, Aaron, Demetrius, and Chiron are the most monstrous characters of the play, none of the other characters are considered innocent because they all contribute to the terrible ending. Cohen states in his essay “Monster Culture (Seven Theses)” a monster is manipulative and never exactly dies, these characteristics are seen in Aaron. After informing Titus about some information about sparing the life of his two sons Aaron says to himself, “If that be called deceit, I will be honest and never whilst I live deceive men so,” (3.1 192-193). Aaron has just convinced Titus to chop off his hands in exchange for sparing the lives of his two sons, but his two sons are already dead and have their heads chopped off. While Demetrius and Chiron are arguing Aaron suggests, “Single you thither then this dainty doe, and strike her home by force, if not by words. This way, or not at all, stand you in hope… The woods are ruthless, dreadful, deaf, and dull. There speak and strike, brave boys, and take your turns. There serve your lust, shadowed by heaven’s eyes, and revel in Lavinia’s treasury,” (2.1 124-139). Aaron convinces them that they should not be
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