Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus contains a rape, mutilation, murder and a scene in which someone inadvertently eats their own children served up in a pie. Not very nice, is it? Wouldn’t it be better for young men and women to read Enid Blyton’s stories of Noddy? That is what some at Cambridge University’s English faculty seem to think. It has been revealed that students are being given ‘trigger warnings’ about lectures on Titus Andronicus and other works in case they are upset. The assumption is that young people nowadays, the ‘snowflake generation’, are too sensitive to be able to undertake a study of the tragedies of Shakespeare.
Scientists in California have found a way of growing human organs inside pigs. No one can doubt their ingenuity or their technical skills. It is the morality of the exercise which we must question.