Titus Andronicus Characters
AaronA Moor, Tamora's lover, whose strategems drive much of Titus' tragedy. Aaron is witty, eloquent - and inescapably wicked. Ultimately, a modern reader might see much that is admirable in Aaron: his refusal to apologize for the color of his skin, for example, or his tender love for his newborn son.
AemiliusA noble Roman.
AlarbusTamora's oldest son, sacrificed by order of Titus Andronicus, whose death motivates Tamora's vengeance against the Andronici.
BassianusThe late Roman emperor's second-born son. He is betrothed to Lavinia.
CaiusKinsman to Titus Andronicus.
CaptainA Roman military leader.
ChironTamora's son, a Goth prince, who ascends to a princely position in Rome following his mother's marriage to Saturninus. Chiron, like his brother Demetrius, is a bored, dangerous, and violent youth.
ClownA pigeon-keeper whom Titus charges to deliver Saturninus a message.
DemetriusOne of Tamora's sons, just as violent and bored as his brother, Chiron.
LaviniaTitus Andronicus' only daughter, to a great degree her father's property. Lavinia is at the center of much of the conflict and violence in the play: she is promised to Saturninus and then whisked away by Bassianus; she is raped and mutilated by Chiron and Demetrius; she is killed by her father.
LuciusOne of Titus' sons, and the only one still alive at the end of the play. He is a popular war leader who is ultimately elected emperor.
MarcusTitus Andronicus' brother, the tribune of the Roman people. His lofty state falls with the fortune of his family.
MartiusOne of Titus' sons, falsely executed by Saturninus.
MessengerA bearer of bad news.
MutiusOne of Titus' sons. When he defends Bassianus' right to flee with Lavinia, Titus kills him in the streets of Rome.
NurseA woman who brings Aaron's newborn son to him, asking him to kill it. Aaron kills her instead.
PubliusMarcus Andronicus' son.
QuintusAnother of Titus' sons, also executed by Saturninus after being framed by Aaron.
SaturninusThe eldest son of the late Roman emperor. He is a corrupt, entitled, weak-willed emperor. When his decision to take Lavinia for his wife is foiled, he takes the captured Goth queen, Tamora, instead, thus elevating her and her violent companions to positions of power.
SemproniusA kinsman of Titus'.
TamoraOnce the Queen of the Goths, she becomes the Empress when Saturninus takes her for his wife. Titus' sacrifice of her eldest son, Alarbus, spurs her to use her imperial power to ruin the Andronici.
TitusA triumphant Roman general who loses twenty-four of his twenty-five sons by the play's end. He declines to accept the Roman empery, instead instilling Saturninus with that power, only to have Saturninus and his followers ruin his family. His revenge is slow in coming, but gruesome.
ValentineA kinsman of Titus'.
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