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Revenge is the driving force behind Shakespeare's play Titus Andronicus. Tamora seeks revenge against Titus for murdering her sons. She refuses to stop until she destroys Titus' entire family. Titus seeks revenge against Tamora for the loss of two of his sons in the war with Goth. As each one of them continues to extract revenge against the other, nothing is ever settled. In fact, the lust for revenge against each other, only increases to new heights.

The vengeful spirit that exists between Titus and Tamora is only compounded by the total absence of any remorse for the pain and suffering that they are inflicting on each other. Titus and Tamora will go to great lengths to make sure that the other ones suffering is greater than their own. Titus' quest for revenge ultimately causes him to go insane. And by her actions, Tamora is just as insane as Titus.

In Act 5 Scene 2 of the play, Tamora and her two sons approach Titus' house in an effort to convince him that she is the spirit of revenge. Titus recognizes Tamora immediately but Tamora tell him "Know, thou sad man, I am not Tamora; She is thy enemy, and I thy friend. I am Revenge, sent from th' infernal kingdom To ease the gnawing vulture of the mind By working wreakful vengeance on thy foes. Come down and welcome me to this world's light." (McDonald, Russ. Titus Andronicus. New York: Penguin Group, 2000) At this point, Titus acts as if he believes Tamora and convinces her to leave her two sons, Chiron and Demetrius behind. As soon as Tamora leaves, Titus bounds as gags her sons and vows to kill them, cook them and serve them to Tamora in a meat pie. Titus tells Tamora’s sons “You know your mother means to feast with me, And calls herself Revenge, and thinks me mad. Hark, villains, I will grind your bones to dust, And with your blood and put it I’ll make a paste, And of the paste a coffin I will rear, And make two pastries of you shameful heads, And bid the strumpet, your hollowed dam, Like to the earth, swallow her own increase.” (McDonald, Russ. Titus Andronicus. New York: Penguin Group, 2000)

If Titus and Tamora had not both died, their ever increasing hatred for one another would have never ended. One has to wonder just how much more depraved things they would have done to each other. As one reads the play, the resentment that Titus and Tamora felt towards each can almost be justified. But as the continued to inflict pain on each other, neither one of them felt an ounce of remorse. No matter how horrible the thing was that they did to each other, their thirst for revenge was never quenched.

After reading this play, I do believe that there are individuals who are simply born to be evil minded. I saw this in the character of Aaron. He was just an evil man from the beginning. It is almost as if doing harm and causing pain to others is something that they were predestined to do. Some people are just innately evil. On the other hand, like with Titus and Tamora, some people have such horrible life experiences, that they turn into an evil people.

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