“Julius Caesar” by William Shakespeare
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08 / 05 / 2013
Book Information and Body
Written around 1599, Julius Caesar is a tragedy play by William Shakespeare. The play is based on historical events surrounding the conspiracy against the ancient Roman leader Julius Caesar (c.100-44B.C.) and the civil war that followed his death. Julius Caesar takes a different perspective to the Shakespeare´s plays that usually wrote, it takes two major different point of view. The events leading up to Caesar’s assassination and the events after it. These two separate events, could be considered as two different stories in the play. In the first instance, Shakespeare explores the glory of Caesar and shows Brutus’ confusion. Caesar is warned about the Ides of March, dismissing the warning, it’s probably his biggest mistake. In the second part of the play, after the assassination, fight for authority begins. Brutus is well-known for being a moral and honest guy, he decides to commit murder and sacrifice his for a better future for Rome. Brutus was a faithful servant of his laws and obeyed them, regardless of the price. He places his idea of Rome as a republic over Julius Caesar, but is willing to kill Caesar to protect the Republic.
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
Type of Book: (Tragedy, Mystery, Action) Author: Shakespeare, William Number of Pages: 314 pages
“The Tragedy of Julius Caesar” is one of Shakespeare's most majestic works. Set in the days of ancient Rome, It portrays the 44 BC conspiracy against Caesar dictation, the play involves the reader into a world of tragedy and conspiracy around the Battle of Philippi and it is one of several plays written by Shakespeare based on true events. The settings for Julius Caesar are Verona and Mantua in Italy. Gaius Julius Caesar was a Roman general that plays a critical role in the events that led to the decease of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire. The play is renowned for its memorable characters and political intrigue. His assassination and the defeat of the conspirators at the Battle of Philippi. Shakespeare found the story in Caesar, Parallel Lives, by Plutarch. He may have also referred to Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (The Monk's Tale). Shakespeare makes the reader to imagine, how the scene would be like in those times. Even it’s a play, you can clearly comprehend both events of the story. The play sustains no single point of view; however, Shakespeare makes the audience acquires the most insight into Brutus’s mind over the course of the action. The play opens in Rome on a crowded and noisy street as Julius Caesar returns from battle, after defeating the sons of Pompey in a battle. As Caesar walks through the streets of Rome proclaiming itself as the Conqueror, the higher-ups in Rome are nervous about his growing power and his popularity with the commoners, who have abandoned their work to celebrate Caesar's return. Caesar seems headed toward absolute power, which cause a huge concern in Roman Republic. While Caesar is enjoying his new life with power and authority, Marcus Brutus, a close personal friend of Caesar, and Cassius, a longtime political enemy of Caesar's; (Both with aristocratism’s origins and witnesses of the end of their ancients in Caesar's political reforms and conquests) were planning to face Caesar´s legion. Carlos jealous began to think that Caesar did not deserve his position. Without saying directly, Cassius (who has been leading a group of conspirators, plotting against Caesar) suggests that Brutus should lead Rome. His statement was that Caesar polity wasn’t the best for Rome, and Caesar´s desire of power will destroy the society. CASSIUS
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