Age Range: 20s - Early, 20s - Late
Dialects: Standard American, Standard English
PlayName: Titus Andronicus
Rating: Suitable for all ages
Copyright Status: Public domain
AuthorName: William Shakespeare
Eras: 1601-1700, 1501-1600
O Tamora, be call'd a gentle queen, And with thine own hands kill me in this...View Full Monologue Text
O Tamora, be call'd a gentle queen,
And with thine own hands kill me in this place!
For 'tis not life that I have begg'd so long;
Poor I was slain when Bassianus died.
'Tis present death I beg; and one thing more
That womanhood denies my tongue to tell:
O, keep me from their worse than killing lust,
And tumble me into some loathsome pit,
Where never man's eye may behold my body:
Do this, and be a charitable murderer
In this monologue, Lavinia Andronicus is pleading with Tamora Queen of the Goths. Tamora has just old her two sons that they may rape Lavinia. Right before this text, Tamora's two sons have stabbed and killed the love of Lavina's life, Bassianus. Lavinia is begging Tamora to kill her and hide her body, because that would be preferable to what she is about to endure. After this monologue, Tamora tell her sons to take Lavinia anyway despite her pleading. The two boys rape Lavinia, and then cut out her tongue and cut off her hands so that she cannot tell anyone what has happened to her.
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