Aaron is Tamora’s secret lover and fathers a child with her. Of African descent, he takes abuse from both the Andronicus family and from Demetrius and Chiron for his dark skin. While the distinction between barbarous Goths and civilized Romans tends to blur over the course of the play, Aaron is still separated from other characters because of his skin color. Aaron is a cunning villain, behind much of the violence of the play: he arranges for Quintus and Martius to be framed for Bassianus's murder, and he also encourages Demetrius and Chiron to both rape Lavinia. He feels no regret for his deeds when captured by Lucius, and says that he only wishes he could live to commit more crimes.
Aaron the Moor Quotes in Titus Andronicus
The Titus Andronicus quotes below are all either spoken by Aaron the Moor or refer to Aaron the Moor. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Simon & Schuster edition of Titus Andronicus published in 2005.).
Act 2, Scene 1 Quotes
Act 2, Scene 3 Quotes
Act 5, Scene 1 Quotes
Aaron the Moor Character Timeline in Titus Andronicus
The timeline below shows where the character Aaron the Moor appears in Titus Andronicus. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Scene 1
...prisoners: Tamora, the queen of the Goths; her three sons (Alarbus, Demetrius, and Chiron); and Aaron, a Moor (someone of African descent). Titus’ son Lucius suggests that one of Tamora’s sons... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 1
Act 2, Scene 3
Act 3, Scene 1
Act 3, Scene 2
Act 4, Scene 2
Act 5, Scene 1
Act 5, Scene 3
...Quintus and Martius to be wrongfully executed and him to be exiled. Marcus then reveals Aaron and Tamora’s child, tells the Roman people, “Now judge what cause had Titus to revenge... (full context)