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  • 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 priceless exchange:
    Chiron: Villain, what hast thou done?
    Aaron: That which thou canst not undo.
    Chiron: Thou hast undone our mother!
    Aaron: Villain, I have done thy mother.