Titus Andronicus

Aaron as a Purely Evil Character

"The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil"


There are villainous characters throughout the history of literature that capture our utmost fears of hatred, vengeance, and psychotic behavior. The complexity of the characters one comes to adore, though, arise when abruptly, the character manifests some sort of moral condition, or provides understandable reasoning for their psychotic actions. From Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (who later gained some sympathetic reviews from the audience because he was discriminated against, and his conflicts with his daughter) to even modern day villains such as Dr. Hannibal Lecter in Thomas Harris's The Silence of the Lambs (who was discovered to find love for his protÃgÃ), these characters symbolize humanity, and give optimism to readers in that everything and everyone is not purely concentrated evil or good, rather, there is a little of both emotions inside even the most psychotic villains.

Aaron the Moor, from Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, however, is portrayed as nothing more than a treacherous and detestable individual who encompasses everything which is truly diabolical and malevolent in humanity. Aaron's...

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