“Female Power in Titus Andronicus”

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2021-11-03

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Howells, Allison

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Through their contrasting sexual behavior, Lavinia and Tamora of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus maintain significant but limited power. The pervasive hatred of female sexuality within this play reflects a collective fear of femininity and an obsession with chastity that depends on marriage for redemption. Despite the patriarchal fixation on female honor and virtue, the women of Titus Andronicus wield remarkable political influence through their sexuality.

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