Friday, March 25, 2011

Titus Andronicus Act 4, Scenes 3 and 4


it's Friday!!!! woohooooo! i have an engagement party this weekend AND my half-sister is visiting from Japan! and i have a 10 page research paper and and a dirty apartment to clean (all by myself boo) and various other homework assignments... but let's not focus on that. the point is there are epic events happening this weekend and i am SO excited! and let's not forget that this weekend i will finish Titus Andronicus. woot. excited to find out how this whole thing wraps up. i don't know if i'm dumb for not figuring it out, but i really don't know what's next. i can, however, tell you what i read today. it's pretty crazy, so let's get to it.

act 4, scene 3
Titus and his posse are walking around Rome. Titus is looking for Justice, but can't find it anywhere. Marcus is getting very concerned for Titus' mental health. Titus keeps talking about Justice and Revenge as actual people and tries to get them to help him capture Justice. Titus has his people shoot arrows into the king's court. a clown enters. although he is not the traditional clown that we think of, he is quite funny. he has a bunch of pigeons and Titus asks him to deliver them to Saturninus with a message from him. the clown agrees and they all part ways.

act 4, scene 4
Saturninus is pretty mad about the arrows. he doesn't understand, and wants to take Titus down. the clown enters and delivers the pigeons and message. Saturninus is so angered by the letter that he orders the clown's head be cut off. Saturninus is ANGRY. (see quote below.) he learns that an army of Goths led by Lucius is approaching Rome. this upsets Saturninus because he feels that the people of Rome love Lucius and would rather have him as emperor. he feels that the people will turn on him and side with Lucius in battle. Tamora, of course, has a plan. She tells Saturninus to request a parley with Lucius. meanwhile, she will go to Titus and sweet talk him until he turns on Lucius. Saturninus is skeptical, but goes along with the plan as his best bet.

when i first read that a clown enters, i was like WHAAAT. it took me a second to realize that this clown would not be a happy man in white makeup, orange frizzy wig, and red foam nose. thank goodness. anyway, i tell you this so you can laugh at my momentary foolishness.

Tamora. is. a genius. i love that she wears the pants in her relationship. we know how Shakespeare loves those unruly women. AND without having to do much of her own dirty work, she has married a king while maintaining a relationship on the side, had an illegitimate baby without anyone finding out, arranged for her enemy to go crazy, and arranged for her husband that she dislikes and her enemy to quarrel. Titus is pretty much destroyed already. if the play ended now i would say that she won. and i would say that she will probably be able to return home at some point. that's just a guess, but the fact remains that she is wickedly sly. moral of the story? never stand between a mother and her son. or 5 acts of devastation will be in store for you.

here's what i wish would happen: Lavinia beats Chiron and Demetrius to death with her stumps. that's my one wish.

i feel like there's no way for Titus to recover from this. even if he were to win against Saturninus and Tamora and Rome in this war, i don't think he can recover. his mind is gone, he only has one son left (if he doesn't die in battle), he's lost a hand, and his daughter is a shadow of her former self. once this battle is over, then what? all of his issues are still there. that's the problem with revenge. once you get it, you still have the problems you had before. plus a guilty conscience. moral of the story: don't seek revenge. or 5 acts of devastation will be in store for you.

death toll: 7? if the clown dies. mutilation toll: only 2 still! what the heck! rape toll: 1. i thought this was supposed to be the blood and guts play. act 5 better be pretty bloody and gutty!

quote of the day:
'may this be borne?-- as if his traitorous sons,
that died by law for murder of our brother,
have by my means been butchered wrongfully!
go, drag the villain hither by the hair.
nor age nor honor shall rape privilege.
for this proud mock i'll be thy slaughterman,
sly frantic wretch, that holp'st to make me great
in hope thyself should govern Rome and me.'
   -Saturninus; act 4, scene 4

for tomorrow: act 5, scenes 1 and 2

-rebecca may

1 comment:

  1. You are amazing. Like seriously, we need to write this into a movie when you're done. It will be just like Julie & Julia, only way more relevant to theatre students.