The Andronicus family goes hunting with Bassianus, Saturninus, and Lavinia in Act 2, Scene 3. However, it is Bassianus, Lavinia, and the rest of the Andronicus family that end up being preyed upon by Demetrius, Chiron, Aaron, and Tamora. This reversal—where hunter becomes the hunted—encapsulates the process of revenge. One character may begin as the avenger, but he or she soon becomes the object of someone else’s act of revenge. Violence and revenge are inherently unstable in the play: perpetrators of violence are likely to find their acts backfiring on them and leading to their own suffering, just like a hunter who suddenly finds himself being hunted.
The Hunt Quotes in Titus Andronicus
The Titus Andronicus quotes below all refer to the symbol of The Hunt. 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 3 Quotes
Vengeance is in my heart, death in my hand,
Blood and revenge are hammering in my head.
The Hunt Symbol Timeline in Titus Andronicus
The timeline below shows where the symbol The Hunt appears in Titus Andronicus. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Scene 1
...sons ask for Saturninus’ pardon. Saturninus publicly forgives them. Titus invites Saturninus to go on a hunt with him the next day as a gesture of reconciliation and Saturninus accepts the invitation. (full context)
Act 2, Scene 1
Act 2, Scene 2
Act 2, Scene 3