- Even Titus Andronicus has a moment that always brings the house down:
- In scene (3.1) Aaron promises Titus two of his sons returned alive if he or one of his family will give the Emperor a hand. Literally. The request is definitely not funny—it's pointless and cruel—but the argument about whose hand will go is easily played for a laugh.
- The latter half of Act 3, Scene 2:
Titus: What dost thou strike at, Marcus, with thy knife?Marcus: At that that I have killed, my lord— a fly.Titus: Out on thee, murderer! ... Poor harmless fly, that with his pretty buzzing melody came here to make us merry, and you have killed him!
- Then, when Marcus says that the fly reminded him of Aaron the Moor, Tamora's vicious lover, he stabs the already-dead insect multiple times. And then lampshades the impassioned foolishness of it all.
- The above sequence was added some years after the play was originally written, and it has always seemed to me to be a tongue-in-cheek jibe by the author at the sensationalism of his early work.
- This exchange:
Chiron: Thou hast undone our mother.