Both Titus Andronicus and Grandpa’s soup serve the purpose of entertaining the reader in juxtaposing ways. Titus Andronicus is illustrative of the alarming horror that certain types of cooking and food reinforce, whereas Grandpa’s soup is representative of the warmth and affection that certain types of food and cooking can bring. Themes portrayed in these texts such as death, mortality, celebration, desperation, love and hate are looked at from completely different angles through the literary techniques displayed by both writers, which will be analyzed and discussed in this essay.
First of all, the celebratory atmosphere created in both texts highlight the horror/happiness. For example, in Titus Andronicus, ingredients of human flesh
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The juxtaposition is evident in, ‘whereof their mother daintily hath fed, Eating the flesh that she herself hath bred’ shows that she has done such a catastrophic deed but in a way that is not imaginable and something she herself was unaware about. The adverb ‘daintily’ screams out the disgust. This technique achieves maximum impact because soft words are used to convey a very powerful, strong meaning completely alarming the reader because it is such an unnatural, unusual situation. Also, the conversational and chatty lexis rather than it makes as if all the gruesomeness is very common and there is nothing to be shocked about.
Both writers use iambic pentameter giving the texts life and a certain personality. For example in Titus Andronicus the iambic pentameter assists in building tension, suspense and the stress. Furthermore, in Grandpa’s Soup it would be appropriate to say it sounds like a heartbeat when read aloud illustrating the love and affection that resides in the poem.
The role of women in Titus Andronicus seems very minor. Rape is the stigma attached to Lavinia therefore it is believed that her life is no longer valuable or even useful which is why she is subject to death after she gets justice. Titus uses the killing of Chiron and Demetrius as a justification for killing Lavinia. Additionally, Tamora just follows instructions even though she is the empress but has no real