In "Titus Andronicus" William Shakespeare has used food throughout the whole text to represent revenge

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In Titus Andronicus, William Shakespeare has used food throughout the whole text to represent revenge, not only does making them eat the pie make Titus feel fulfilled, but he also feels there has been justice.William Shakespeare has made sure that Titus has authority when speaking to both Chiron and Demetrius, ‘stop close their mouths, let them not speak a word’, he has used a strong declarative to emphasize that whatever his says is what will happen. This could be because he wants to let them know they aren’t as powerful anymore by lowering their status; however at the same time he is also stating that they may have been in charge before when they had raped his daughter, yet now they are nothing and he is under control, he has done this by using the personal pronoun ‘them’ to emphasize it. This is a complex sentence; Titus is continually speaking so that they have no say, this ensures that they know Titus is furious, and what they did was terrible, thus showing that Titus has no sympathy.Shakespeare has also used emotive language ‘both her sweet hands, her tongue and that more dear’, he has again used personal pronouns, showing that this is personal to him since this is his daughter, this will have an impact on the reader because they will sympathy towards Titus, even though he killed Titus’s son in the past.

This is effective because it shifts the whole focus of the play onto Lavina, which emphasizes the importance of revenge to him.Titus has used a personal pronoun to highlight, that he will torture them by making them into food, ‘I will grind your bones to dust’. He wants to grab their attention to show that he will be doing it, and that he won’t hold back. Titus may have also done this to make Chiron and Demetrius frightened and by doing so it makes him feel better knowing that they are getting their just deserts. Shakespeare used the adjective ‘grind’ which is associated with food, for example grinding meat, suggesting that he’s cooking them into meat, and at the same time he also uses a post-modifier ‘dust’ which indicates that he is making their bones into ashes, so instead of giving them a burial he will be putting their ‘dust’ into pie.

Moreover the adjective ‘grind’ shows that Titus is making them out to be weak, and that he can easily grind them until they disappear into thin air.When Titus was serving the food he is polite Twill fill your stomachs; please you eat’, he has used the personal pronouns ‘your’, in which he is referring to Saturinus and Tamora, to make sure that they eat it, at the same time he is making this personal to him, so Saturinus won’t be able to turn it down, since it would be rude not to have it. When Titus asks them to eat the food he is lowing himself, because before he was a ruler, whereas now he is just an ordinary cook, so therefore Saturinus and Tamara will eat the pie out of sympathy.In the quote ‘whereof their mother daintily hath fed, Eating the flesh hath bred’, the adjective ‘daintily’ shows that she Tomara was eating softly, which is degusting considering it is her sons, this connotes that she is evil, nasty and immoral.Lastly the noun ‘pie’ is significant because it connotes both life and death, due to the fact that both Chiron and Demetrius were alive before this incident, however now they are being baked and eaten in this pie, it is also significant to the fact that before Tamora sons were born, they were in her stomach, and it’s like she is like she is being given back her sons, but in a horrifying way.

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