Julius Caesar

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All texts are deliberately constructed to convey an agenda and a set of values. This means that every composer has a purpose, which is based on the issues arising from their context and audience. To that end, the composer uses conflicting perspectives as a vehicle for successfully conveying their purpose to the audience. So, through the representation of events, personalities and situations (which utilises form, language and structural devices), the responder is positioned to accept the perspective that the composer has represented as valid or credible. As a consequence, the composer is able to successfully impart their values to the audience. Examples of conflicting perspectives in society and the media come in the form of William Shakespeare’s play “Julius Caesar” and the drowning death of Tina Watson on an Australian honeymoon trip that turned into a legal and media storm on several continents. William Shakespeare’s play “Julius Caesar” is a tragedy, believed to have been written in 1599. It portrays the 44 BC conspiracy against the Roman dictator Julius Caesar, his assassination and the defeat of the conspirators. Although the title of the play is Julius Caesar, Caesar is not the central character in its action; he appears in only three scenes, and is killed at the beginning of the third act. The protagonist of the play is Marcus Brutus, and the central psychological drama is his struggle between the conflicting demands of honor, patriotism, and friendship. Tina Watson, a 26-year-old American died while scuba diving on her honeymoon in Queensland on the 22nd October 2003. She had been married to Gabe Watson for 11 days. He was subsequently imprisoned for her manslaughter. There's more opinion in Australia than America that a miscarriage of justice was done to Gabe Watson in what the tabloids have called the "Honeymoon Murder." A feature on the death of Tina Watson was broadcast in a 90-minute account that aired on Dateline NBC on 19 May 2008. An examination...
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