Julius Caesar Conflicting Perspectives

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“The way composers shape events inevitably implies a percieved viewpoint on the values and actions of the main characters”

How has shakespeare, and at least one other composer, used events to represent and reveal the conflicting perspectives of characters in their texts?

Shakespeare used key events in Julius Caesar as plot devices to show the audience the perspectives of his characters and how they are in conflict. Similar plot devices are employed by creators to achieve same effect. The meeting in the orchard shows how Cassius and Brutus are in conflict as characters and in conflict with Caesar. Suzanne Collins’ 2009 novel Catching Fire uses similar techniques in the events before and during the Quarter Quell Hunger Games with Katniss and Peeta to show the conflict between characters. Further Shakespeare uses events to show conflict within Caesar as a character, similarly in Ron Howards 2008 Film Frost/Nixon the Watergate scandal is used to show the inner conflict within Nixon.

Shakespeare represents conflicting perspectives between Brutus and Cassius through the conversations had in Brutus’ orchard. Cassius and Brutus each have differing motives for the assassination of Caesar and through the events conspired in the meeting in Brutus’ orchard we are presented to each. Cassius is fueled by his jealous nature, his envious nature is revealed by Shakespeare, “Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world Like a Colossus, and we petty men Walk under his huge legs and peep about to find ourselves dishonorable graves”. A hyperbole is used to reveal his envious nature through personal anecdotes and uses them to manipulate Brutus, a lover of Caesar “I had as life not to be as live to be in awe of such a thing as myself… Help me Cassius or I sink!”. He also forges letters from the Plebeians to Brutus saying that they are dissatisfied with Caesar and do not wish him to be king. One of the main ways Shakespeare communicates conflicting perspectives is through...
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