The word love is repeated in many forms throughout the play Julius Caesar. Unlike the way that we use it today, this word had different meanings. Someone saying it did not usually mean sexual feelings towards another, but it meant friendship in its own sick and twisted way. In all seriousness though, this word truly meant something back then. So that is what we'll be looking at today, the multiple meanings of the word that is love. Grab your togas and join the fun!
Ok first we will be looking into act one. For those of you who didn't read or just plain forgot what happened here it is in a nutshell. Ok Caesar just killed Pompay and is the over-all ruler of Rome. Some people do not like this and begin to conspire to kill Caesar. Easy enough, right? We see the word love many times in this act but lets check out the basics. Cassius says, "were I a common laughter or did use to stale with ordinary oaths my live to every new protestor" (line 73, Act I, scene II). What he is saying here is that he loves the people willing to protest the rule of Caesar. Now this isn't "oh I love you marry me now" type of love. This is a feeling of friendship towards the allies who are willing to up and conspire against this man.
Once again in Act I we see the word love amongst the conspirators. "That you do love me, I am nothing jealous; what you would work me to, I have some aim" (Brutus, Act I, Line 162, Scene II). What Brutus is pretty much saying here is that these people do love me and they want me to rule. Cassuis bring up the plot to kill Caesar and then mentions a famous ancestor of Brutus to win him over. Brutus sees that these people do not "love" him... [continues]
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