He is by far the most celebrated citizen in the empire and wishes to rule Rome as a monarch. There are several telling pieces of evidence that indicate Julius Caesar is an ambitious man.
Although Shakespeare was a master of many genres, his history plays are particularly interesting. Perhaps the most fascinating part of these history plays is the fact that they do not completely adhere to history.
Shakespeare made changes, sometimes rather big ones, to fit the stories into the universal truths he was trying to relay. This implies that Shakespeare was purposefully making changes to history in an attempt to make a point because he had a lesson to teach and he tailored the facts to his needs.
Contrary to the title of the play, the focus is not on Caesar who dies in the third act, but centers on those left behind.
The main character actually seems to be the traitorous Brutus, who must live with the repercussions of overthrowing his leader and friend.
After critically analyzing Julius Caesar, one acknowledges the sources Shakespeare used in writing it and how that contributes to the play that the world now knows.
An investigation of the textual background and the play itself will help to understand a key theme of the work. Sources The people of England had already heard stories of the classical ruler Caesar, so Shakespeare likely used this common knowledge as a starting point for his play.
Primarily though, he looked to the works of Plutarch who wrote many accounts of ancient individuals in his Lives Greenblatt However, there are many facets of the play which did not occur in history and are different from Plutarch. Plutarch has a highly expanded timeline compared to Shakespeare, who makes everything happen within a matter of days rather than weeks or months.
The reason for this is likely due to the needs of staging since theatre often requires a continuous timeline for the audience to be able to see events unfolding in a compressed period.
Another difference noted lies in anachronizations found in the play. Caesar is noted as wearing a doublet, a type of buttoned jacket, rather than the traditional Roman toga Shakespeare edited by Crowther 1.
Brutus and Cassius also note that the clock strikes three, even though there were no mechanical clocks at that time in history 2.
Shakespeare includes Elizabethan clothing and inventions so that his audience can relate to the characters in the play. Finally, Shakespeare purposefully pulls the focus onto the emotional struggle of Brutus. According to Plutarch, this is not historically accurate and Caesar actually said nothing when he was killed as cited by Clough.
Ancient Rome experienced great tumult in civil laws; therefore the issue of social orders often surrounds Caesar in literature. Shakespeare offers the perspective of the governed individuals, by showing Brutus and Cassius as trying to free Rome from potential tyranny.
Although the First Folio edition is considered dependable, there are a few discrepancies. In some of the acts, there has been uncertainty regarding some of the minor roles as well as the omittance of some lines or parts of lines. It is possible that the lines were left out or altered due to revisions that someone forgot to remove from the manuscript or the performances.
It is noted by Dobson and Wells in their Oxford Companion to Shakespeare that the play has remained on the minds of audiences over the centuries with theatrical productions and even film adaptations.
The play is not necessarily thought to be loved so much as admired and appreciated for its powerful themes and the characters that help portray them. Julius Caesar has been well-received over the years but remains dear to the heart of Americans as a statement against oppression.
It has even been a topic of argument that the true focus of the play is Brutus, who fills the role of a tragic hero, and a critic, Charles Gildon, even suggested that the play be renamed after Brutus Dobson and Wells Since Brutus can be considered a tragic hero, it stands to reason that the play itself could be considered a tragedy, rather than merely a Roman history play.
The generally accepted standard for tragedy is that it should include action that invokes fear and pity within the reader or audience Aristotle.
Pity comes from the seemingly unnecessary but immense suffering that the tragic hero goes through and fear rests in the way the audience relates to the tragic hero because they can see themselves in him. Based on these ideals, one could guess that Shakespeare thought of all his history plays, not just the Roman ones, as tragedies because they involved something that Elizabethans could relate to:In this paper I am going to explore the issue of authority with regards to the assassination of Julius Caesar by his close friend Brutus and a group of conspirators.
More specifically, I am going to argue that Shakespeare, although he chooses to use the historical figure of Julius Caesar as. Julius Caesar is a play about moral ambiguity in a political setting and the personal tragedy that results.
It resembles both the History Plays, written somewhat earlier, and the great Tragedies, soon to come. Antony and Cleopatra is a tragedy by William Shakespeare.
Julius Caesar Characters. Mark Antony – Roman general and one of the three joint leaders, or "triumvirs", who rule the Roman Republic after the assassination of Ambiguity and opposition. In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, immediately after the assassination, Brutus and Cassius make the following metadramatic allusion.
Caesar: How many ages hence Shall this our lofty scene be acted over, In states unborn, and accents yet unknown! Brutus: How many times shall Caesar bleed in sport. William Shakespeare - Julius Caesar: Written in (the same year as Henry V) or , probably for the opening of the Globe Theatre on the south bank of the Thames, Julius Caesar illustrates similarly the transition in Shakespeare’s writing toward darker themes and tragedy.
It, too, is a history play in a sense, dealing with a non-Christian . Commentary. Julius Caesar is a play about moral ambiguity in a political setting and the personal tragedy that results.
It resembles both the History Plays, written somewhat earlier, and the great Tragedies, soon to come.