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Aaron

Aaron is a black Moor who is the beloved of Tamora. He too is made prisoner by Titus and brought to Rome. When Tamora becomes Empress, his association with her makes him a powerful man. He is an out and out wicked man who is proud of his villainy and enjoys putting it in action. He has absolutely no scruples and doesn’t feel ashamed of using a woman to gain freedom and influence.

Aaron is an evil genius. He is the instrument through which, Tamora takes her revenge on Titus and his family. He plans the plot by which Martius and Quintus are blamed for Bassianus’ murder. He also encourages Demetrius and Chiron to rape and mutilate Lavinia and he himself tricks Titus into cutting off his hand. The most distinguishing feature of Aaron’s crooked mind is its intelligence. He knows full well how to take advantage of a situation, and device plans of villainy in such a way, that the blame does not fall on him. In Act IV Aaron is easily able to decipher the veiled threat that Titus sends to Tamora’s sons that they themselves are unable to understand. He realizes that Titus knows the truth He is also aware of the stupidity of the two Gothic princes and he says with derisive scorn, "Now, what a thing it is to be an ass!"


Aaron carries his wickedness to an extreme but he is under no illusions about his final end. He doesn’t waste time in either fooling himself or in regret. He is fully aware that he, Tamora and her sons have sold their souls to the devil and that they will end up in hell. But he looks upon death in torment with equanimity and doesn’t solicit anyone’s pity.

As the play progresses Aaron discovers a startling human feeling in the defense of his black baby. His splendid vitality grows from his vaunting soliloquy of ambition in Act II through his triumph in Act III, to a dominant role in the last act. And in the end he is willing to do anything to save his child, even appeal to Lucius’ goodness or conscience, which he so much despises.

Despite all the force of character and vitality that makes Aaron seem more real than any other character, it is important to remember that he is a deep study of evil. A wicked person who does not regret a single evil action he has done and he means it when he says, "If one good deed in all my life I did. / I do repent it from my very soul".

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