Titus Andronicus By William Shakespeare

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The play Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare depicts the Roman Empire from a very traditional perspective within each of the characters. Shakespeare creates a visual of historical Rome that includes many blood battles, deception, courage and loyalty not just to Rome and her people, but to one 's family. By doing this, Shakespeare shows the reader that Rome was a great city of power that revolved around the idea that justice must be of an equivalent manner suitable to the crime committed by the other party. The word "Rome", both historically and in modern times, is often defined as being the perfect model for an advanced civilization, and many looked upon Rome and Romans as being "examples of excellence for architecture and political advances within a society". ("Rome", OED Online). The word "Rome" is seen frequently throughout the play and is used by almost all of the characters. It is a word that describes what Roman civilization entails and how the city of Rome can be a very dark and cruel city. The Roman characters in particular describe the two main concepts of "Rome" and "Roman" by means of traditional birth-right and traditional forms of justice. Both meanings are seen frequently amongst each Roman character. By fully understanding why particular events in the play occur and being able to see the traditional aspects of the word "Rome" among each character, it aids the reader in understanding how the play revolves around the historical context of Roman values of…
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