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- Full Title: Titus Andronicus
- When Written: Late 1580s or early 1590s (it is believed to be one of Shakespeare’s earlier plays).
- Where Written: England
- When Published: 1594
- Literary Period: English Renaissance (also called the early modern era)
- Genre: Revenge tragedy
- Setting: Ancient Rome
- Climax: At the feast with which the play concludes, Titus feeds the remains of Tamora’s own children to her and reveals who has raped Lavinia; a whirlwind of murder ensues, leaving Lavinia, Titus, Saturninus, and Tamora all dead.
- Antagonist: Tamora and Aaron the Moor.
Extra Credit for Titus Andronicus
Authorship. While extremely popular in Shakespeare’s day, the play has lost favor with many critics since then. As early as the 17th century, in fact, critics were questioning whether Shakespeare even wrote the play. While the issue cannot be completely settled, most critics today agree that Shakespeare at least co-wrote the play.