He was a devoted patriot. Cassius appeals to his patriotism in 1, 2, Line 159. Ligarious calls him “Soul of Rome”. He takes as his motto, “Peace, Freedom & Liberty” (3, 1, Line 110). He expresses it to the people, “Not that I loved Caesar less but that I loved Rome more”. Finally Antony admits it in his final speech over the dead body of Brutus. He was not at all practical.
Development of Character # - Shakespeare’s dramatic achievement comes to the fore in creating and depicting distinctive and credible characters who reveal themselves through consistent actions and dialogue. We must remember that character creation is a construct; an artefact and central ones do not necessarily represent the author. Characters are either portrayed sympathetically or unsympathetically. The former are called protagonists, heroes or good guys while the latter are antagonists, villains or bad guys.
Conflicting Perspectives in Julius Caesar # Conflict is the essence of drama and Shakespeare is able to exploit conflict to create tension through images, symbols and language that is dialectical, polemical; language of extreme opposites or antithesis. Many of the characters are foils or contrasts of other characters revealing the conflicts evident in the play by their actions and words Shakespeare chooses for them. The fickleness of the Mob is first referred to by Marullus when he points out that the adulation they once demonstrated for Pompey’s triumphs are now being lavished on Caesar, for a civil war, shedding Pompey’s son’s blood.
Contrasting the Orations of Brutus and Anthony # Each of those orations is exactly what the character would then have made and each reveals at once the strength and the weakness of the speaker who makes it. Subject-Matter of Each # BRUTUS a) He asks for silence and a respectful hearing. b) He says that he loved Caesar but loved Rome more. c) He killed Caesar because he was a danger to Rome.
The Historical Caesar # Like most major figures in History, Julius Caesar can be portrayed positively or negatively, simply by choice of perspective and language. Some see parallels between his peremptory style and Donald Trump’s. Both share towering egos, confidence in their unmistakable judgments, their misogyny, and crash or crash through tactics. At the funerals of both his aunt, Julia, and his wife, Cornelia, Caesar emphasized his connections with Marius and the ancient nobility of his family, descended from the first kings on his mother’s side and from the gods on his father’s (revealing a notable talent for self-dramatization and a conception that there was something exceptional about him).
JULIUS CAESAR. # A SHAKESPEAREAN PLAY Shakespeare’s plays are classified as Comedies, Tragedies, and. Histories and differ greatly as to subject matter. So far as form is concerned, they are much alike. Notice the following common points; (1) Each consists of five acts. (2) each has climax or turning point. (3) Usually there is a short introductory area which tells you the time and place of the play and something of the state of affairs in that place.
Julius Caesar - Power # Most Shakespearean tragedies and historical plays deal with struggles for political power and order. Shakespeare is especially interested in maintaining order through legitimate power and its accountability and responsibility for husbandry. By 1599 Queen Elizabeth I was in her sixties without a Tudor heir so Shakespeare is concerned about succession spiraling into a renewed civil war. There are a multitude of theories on the basis or source of power.
Language of Julius Caesar # Shakespeare was fascinated by language. He couldn’t resist playing with words, rhythms and styles. He loved to invent words, and to give existing words new meanings by fresh uses and unexpected twists. Shakespeare is renowned for the poetic imagery of his language and for the word pictures he creates. His reputation is well founded because while he was writing English was not the dominant language – it was Latin.
Julius Caesar - Power # Most Shakespearean tragedies and historical plays deal with struggles for political power and order. Shakespeare is especially interested in maintaining order through legitimate power and its accountability and responsibility for good governance. He is concerned about a succession spiraling into a renewed civil war. Shakespeare’s greatest strength is the power of his language and his ability to clearly create characters to illustrate his purposes. It is the richness of his plays and the ambiguity of his themes that resonate with us.
The Romans # The Romans made significant contributions to our Western Civilisation. Rome is sometime called the Eternal city, because it is one of the longest established ruling centre of the world. Rome is known as the divine city due to the myth of Mars seducing a Vestal Virgin giving birth to Romulous and Remus who are abandoned and suckled by a wolf. Remus later is considered the founder of Sienna.
Shakespeare’s life spanned both Elizabethan and Jacobean England, a dynamic period of change, expansion, exploration and enlightenment, yet his view of the world (Weltanshaung) was quite different from ours. Though Copernicus had died 21 years before Shakespeare’s birth and he was born in the same year as Galileo, his world view was still geocentric rather than heliocentric; that is most people still believed that the earth was the centre of the world with the sun and planets revolving around it.
Summary Julius Caesar: # Act I Scene l The common people of Rome are making holiday, thronging the streets and rejoicing in Caesar’s victory over the sons of his old rival Pompey. The tribunes, Flavius and Marullus disperse the crowd, abusing them for making such a stir over Caesar’s victory. Scene 2 Caesar enters at the head of a procession, celebrating the feast of Luprical. A soothsayer bids him “Beware the Ides of March”, but Caesar is heedless of the warning and continues his march.