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Lander, J. (1956). International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XXXVI, 1955: The Ritual Origin of Shakespeare's 'Titus Andronicus'. William H. Desmonde. Pp. 61-65.. Psychoanal Q., 25:443-444.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XXXVI, 1955: The Ritual Origin of Shakespeare's 'Titus Andronicus'. William H. Desmonde. Pp. 61-65.

(1956). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 25:443-444

International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XXXVI, 1955: The Ritual Origin of Shakespeare's 'Titus Andronicus'. William H. Desmonde. Pp. 61-65.

Joseph Lander

Many ritual forms of literature and drama survive from ancient religions. It has been suggested that Shakespearean tragedy is essentially derived from such ceremonies connected with the sacrifice of the Mass. Titus Andronicus is shown to stem from Greek ritual origins, and ultimately from tribal puberty rites. The persistent use of certain motifs is due to recognition of their basic emotional significance for all members of the culture. In this tragedy, major episodes revolve

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around the struggle between two princes for a kingship after the old king's death; human sacrifice to propitiate the dead soul; rape and cannibalistic themes. The plot can be viewed as a re-enactment of the theme of the primal horde, or the theme of death and resurrection at an initiation, or both.

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Article Citation

Lander, J. (1956). International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XXXVI, 1955. Psychoanal. Q., 25:443-444

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