Titus Andronicus Questions and Answers
by William Shakespeare

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In what sort of light are women portrayed and treated in Titus Andronicus?  

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There is not much that is subtle about this play, including the women characters.  Many scholars consider it to be a very early play of Shakespeare's, and as such, doesn't reveal much of the deep and complex characterizations that would people his later plays.  If you consider Lavinia and Tamora separately, they are two cliched representations of women, but also complete opposites.

Tamora is a masculine woman in her behavior who has put aside her more tender, feminine aspects to "run with the boys," which is probably necessary.  She is, after all, her people's ruler.  She matches wits with the powerful male figures in the play and is as invested in...

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