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Julius Caesar Essay Prompts

Tragic Heroes
Scholars argue over whether Brutus or Caesar is the tragic hero of the play because both characters are men of prominence who have tragic flaws that cause them to fall. Based on the evidence in the play, which character fits the definition of the tragic hero better? Explain what a tragic hero is and how this character fits this mold. Support your answer with analysis with quotes and events from the play.

Female Characters
Portia and Calphurnia are certainly significant characters in the play. Does Shakespeare portray these women characters of power and strength? Use evidence in the form of quotes and events to support your response.

Fate
Shakespeare uses prophets, omens, and natural phenomenon to increase tension in the play and to emphasize the importance of destiny. Are the characters in the play in control of their own destinies, or are their fates predetermined because of who they are? Describe several instances of fate at work in the play and explain how these instances either show that the characters are in control or are controlled by fate. Use quotes and events to support your response.

Writing the essay
* Consult the essay elements below and make sure your essay complies with these guidelines. * Write in third person. Do not use “you” or “I.” * Do not lose track of your thesis, your guiding idea. Stay focused on your purpose, which is to prove what you think about your topic. * Be sure to use effective transitions also. Transitional phrases help you connect ideas. * Carefully weave in your support; introduce quotations with context information. * Use quotation marks around passages that you use directly from the book to support your main ideas. Put the page number at the end of that passage showing what page you took it from. For example: Sentence begins and then "there is a passage from the book" (72). See how the period goes after the parenthesis? Use this model. For...
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