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Titus Andronicus Characters

Tamora is the Queen of the Goths, and the mother of Alarbus, Demetrius and Chiron. 

Captured in battle along with her sons by Titus, she pleads for the life of her eldest but is rejected, and vows revenge on Titus. An attractive older woman, she attracts the attention of the new and young Emperor of Rome, Saturninus, who marries her. Intelligent, deceitful and dangerous, she is able to lead Saturninus by the nose. He never questions the closeness of her relationship with Aaron the Moor. A vicious woman, she chooses to take her revenge slowly, using her lover Aaron and her sons to break Titus’s heart and mind, as she sets them to murder, rape, mutilate and frame those he loves best. Her conduct is so appalling that even the Goths are willing to make war on her. She falls pregnant by Aaron and orders him to kill the baby when it turns out to be black. She finally overreaches by thinking that Titus is madder than he is, leading to her sons’ capture and killing. Her reaction to discovering that she is eating her sons’ bodies in a pie is not recorded.

 

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