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Titus Andronicus
Act 2, scene 2

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Titus Andronicus overflows with death and violence. Twenty-one sons of the Roman general Titus Andronicus have died in battle, leaving four…

Act 1, scene 1

Saturninus and Bassianus, sons of the deceased Emperor of Rome, challenge each other for the title of emperor. Titus Andronicus,…

Act 2, scene 1

Aaron reveals that he is Tamora’s lover, and then stops a fight between her sons, Chiron and Demetrius, who both…

Act 2, scene 2

As the morning hunt gets under way, Demetrius and Chiron anticipate raping Lavinia.

Act 2, scene 3

Aaron sets a trap to destroy Bassianus and put the blame on Titus’s sons Quintus and Martius. He has Tamora…

Act 2, scene 4

The raped and mutilated Lavinia is discovered by her horrified uncle, Marcus.

Act 3, scene 1

Martius and Quintus are led off to execution. Aaron says their lives can be saved if Titus, Lucius, or Marcus…

Act 3, scene 2

In this scene, which is found in the 1623 Folio text but not in the Quarto, Titus is horrified when…

Act 4, scene 1

Lavinia finds a way to reveal to Titus the story of her rape and mutilation and the names of the…

Act 4, scene 2

Tamora gives birth to a baby whose black skin signals Aaron’s paternity. Aaron arranges for a white baby to take…

Act 4, scene 3

Titus has his friends and family shoot arrows to which are attached messages to the gods begging that Justice (as…

Act 4, scene 4

Saturninus, enraged at the messages on the arrows, reads the letter brought by the country fellow and sentences him to…

Act 5, scene 1

Aaron is captured by Lucius and his army of Goths. After Lucius swears to protect the baby, Aaron confesses to…

Act 5, scene 2

Tamora, disguised as Revenge, tells Titus she has come to his aid, and that if he will invite Lucius to…

Act 5, scene 3

At the feast, Titus serves the pie made from the bodies of Chiron and Demetrius. He then stabs Lavinia, reveals…

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Scene 2
Enter Titus Andronicus and his three sons, and
Marcus, making a noise with hounds and horns.


TITUS 
 The hunt is up, the moon is bright and gray,
 The fields are fragrant, and the woods are green.
 Uncouple here, and let us make a bay
 And wake the Emperor and his lovely bride,
5 And rouse the Prince, and ring a hunter’s peal,
 That all the court may echo with the noise.
 Sons, let it be your charge, as it is ours,
 To attend the Emperor’s person carefully.
 I have been troubled in my sleep this night,
10 But dawning day new comfort hath inspired.

Here a cry of hounds, and wind horns in a peal. Then
enter Saturninus, Tamora, Bassianus, Lavinia, Chiron,
Demetrius, and their Attendants.


TITUS 
 Many good morrows to your Majesty;—
 Madam, to you as many, and as good.—
 I promisèd your Grace a hunter’s peal.
SATURNINUS 
 And you have rung it lustily, my lords—
15 Somewhat too early for new-married ladies.
BASSIANUS 
 Lavinia, how say you?
LAVINIA  I say no.
 I have been broad awake two hours and more.
SATURNINUS 
 Come on, then. Horse and chariots let us have,
20 And to our sport. (To Tamora) Madam, now shall
 you see
 Our Roman hunting.
MARCUS  I have dogs, my lord,

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 Will rouse the proudest panther in the chase
25 And climb the highest promontory top.
TITUS 
 And I have horse will follow where the game
 Makes way and runs like swallows o’er the plain.
DEMETRIUS, aside to Chiron 
 Chiron, we hunt not, we, with horse nor hound,
 But hope to pluck a dainty doe to ground.
They exit.