Text 21 Titus Andronicus

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  • Text 21 Titus Andronicus
    • Graphology
      • Lines 1-10 create tension with the use of interrogatives
      • Lines 20-43 shows violence occurring
      • Inclusion of classical reference line 46 shows brutality going even further
      • Signifies the format of a black verse poem with capital letters at every line
    • Grammar
      • Archaic syntax 'let them not speak to me'
      • Examples of archaic punctuation 'is he sure bound? look that you bind him fast'
    • Phonology
      • Rhymes in text to symbolise end of scene and add an impact
        • Meter signifies end of scene also has an impact to the style of black verse poem
      • Lines 73-75 repetition of 'welcome' is ironic since it contradicts everything taking place
      • Repetition of die line 93 emphasises the fact that Titus has finally taken control of the situation
    • Lexis
      • Archaic lexis 'fie' 'thru' forbear
      • Examples of figurative language such as similes to create vivid imagery 'and bid that stumper, your unhallowed dam, like to the earth swallow her own increase
      • Literally and metaphorical evaluated lexis 'honourable' 'allient' which are contrasting to dishonourable acts that took place
      • 'enforc'd, stain'd and deflow'r'd?' shows Titus's true murder attempt
      • Lexical field of food lines 106-110 "pie" "baked" demonstrate the method he chose
    • Context production and reception
      • Written in the 1590 and was one of Shakespeare's earliest plays
      • Shocked response to the text
    • Attitudes and values
      • Food as a means of revenge and punishment
    • Purpose, Audience, Form
      • To entertain
      • Educated audience
      • Play script


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