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Q: Maiming, Killing, and Blood in *Titus*
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 805.  Tuesday, 16 November 1993.
 
From:           John C. Harrison <
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Date:           Monday, 15 Nov 1993 19:45:49 +0500
Subject:        Question: Titus Andronicus
 
I am doing some research into Titus Andronicus and I am curious how people feel
the maiming, killing, and blood should be handled through the course of the
play.
 
The two most popular ways that I have heard are: 1) Use a lot of blood and show
the killing in a purely realistic mode, or 2) Use ribbons and flow them from
Lavinia's hands and mouth when she is maimed. Both approaches offer pluses and
minuses. I'm curious how the group feels about the subject.
 
Personally, I would tend toward the first alternative, simply because if
ribbons are used it takes away from the pure brutality and horror of the world.
Although, if too much blood is used you run the risk of terrifying the audience
and removing them from the world of the play.
 
Is there an easy solution?
 
John Harrison
University of Oregon

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