Book Review of Julius Caesar

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Julius Caesar is a play written by William Shakespeare in the year 1601. It resemble the play Hamlet, and it characterized his assassination in 44 B.C. and the defeat of the conspirators in the battle of Philipi. Its setting is Rome, the capital city of Italy. Most of the scenes are set in Rome and Philipi. The play begins in the street of Rome where the Roman citizens is celebrating Caesar’s triumphant return from the war. Although the title of the play is ‘Julius Caesar’ but Caesar is not the main character in its action; he appears in only three scenes, and is murdered at the beginning of the third act. The play consists of V acts. And the protagonist of the play is Caius Cassius. Julius Caesar is largely set in Rome, in February of the year 44 B.C. In later scenes, the action moves to Sardis and the battlefield at Philippi. The physical landmarks of ancient Rome, such as the Tiber River, the Capitol, and the house of the Senate, are referred to with great frequency.

The most complex character in this play, Brutus is one of the men who assassinate Caesar in the Senate. Brutus is complex, because he does not kill Caesar for greed, envy nor to preserve his social position like so many of the other conspirators against Caesar. This Brutus makes very clear in his speech in Act III, Scene II (Lines 12-76), when he explains his actions as being for the good of Rome. Unlike the other conspirators, Brutus is in fact a dear friend of Caesar’s but kills his beloved friend not for he is, but what he could become as a King. It is for this reason that when Brutus dies by suicide in Act V, Mark Antony describes his bitter enemy by saying “This was the noblest Roman of them all”. Mark Antony recognizes with these words that Brutus acted from a scene of civic duty, not malice, nor agreed nor envy.

Brutus wishes for an ideal world. He is happily married, lives in a beautiful home, and is successful according to all measures of Roman living. However, Brutus wishes for...
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