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Titus Andronicus Characters

Lavinia is Titus’s only daughter, a beautiful and chaste young woman who is every conservative father’s ideal, obedient, quiet, patient, loving, and never a bother to anyone. 

Extremely passive, she takes few initiatives. Bassianus’s fiancée, she says nothing when Titus accepts to give her to Saturninus instead, nor when her brothers carry her off to protect her from this fate. Still, she is capable of sauciness, mocking Tamora when coming across her and Aaron together in the woods. She is quickly reduced to silence again, however, when she is raped on top of her husband’s dead body, then to prevent her from identifying her violators has her tongue pulled out and her hands cut off. She is a kind and literate woman, fond of her nephew Young Lucius, and manages to use books to explain to her family what has happened to her. She is quite willing to join in Titus’s revenge on her ravishers, holding the basin to collect their blood when Titus kills them. Her reaction to Titus’s decision to kill her for her and his honor is not recorded.

 

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