Composers of texts present a biased attitude to the events, personalities or situations represented. In various texts such as Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” and Leunig’s cartoon “Yet another picture with the wrong caption”, the composers bias is evident even though conflicting perspectives towards the personality are presented.
Although conflicting perspectives are present in Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”, the composers bias is still evident. Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” is a play which reflected the anxiety of England over succession of leadership. When the play was written in 1599, intense censorship prevailed and Shakespeare chose Caesar’s story in order to convey significant ideas and messages to the Elizabethan audience about the importance of strong leadership. Shakespeare’s biased attitude is evident throughout the course of the play “Julius Caesar” as perspectives of Caesar differs greatly.
The representation of multiple conflicting perspectives in “Julius Caesar” does not ensure that the text remains unbiased in its portrayal of personalities. Conflicting perspectives are used in “Julius Caesar” to build dramatic tension, within the group of conspirators as well as those who oppose them. In the beginning, Shakespeare manipulates us to take on the conspirators’ view of Caesar as an egomaniac dictator whom is ruthless, cunning and overall intolerable. This view is depicted in Act I Scene II of the play whereby Flavius and Murellus are killed for breaking up celebrations on Caesar becoming king “Murellus and Flavius, for pulling scarves of Caesars images, are put to silence. Fare you well”. Caesars arrogance and egotistical nature can be seen through his language which is autocratic and imperative throughout the play “For always I am Caesar”. Shakespeare depicts Caesar in an unflattering light to a certain extent to reiterate the importance of strong leadership to the Elizabethan audience. Shakespeare’s bias is further presented in the play “Julius...
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