Julius Caesar (EAEP) by William Shakespeare


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by William Shakespeare
Julius Caesar is largely a story in form of a play about a conspiracy to murder Caesar. The conspirators’ plan has many shortcomings. Also, they have to struggle with the aftermath of what they have done. The “noblest” Roman —Brutus — is the leader while the prime driver is Cassius who is both dangerous, ambitious, and manipulative, and turns Brutus away from Caesar, for, who “Tis not that I don’t like him, but for the general” kills Ceasar in the name of Rome.
Brutus must fight the ghost of Caesar for the rest of the play and Shakespeare makes it clear that although Brutus’s action may have been justified and Caesar may have become a tyrant, he is still the tragic hero of the play. Shakespeare also entertains humane proportions for all characters, in his endeavour to not merely label characters bad guys — good guys but rather fully human and fragile to manipulation and flattery.
He also uses contrasts between characters and relationships such as Cassius and Brutus, Octavius and Antony. Portia, Brutus, Calpurnia, and Caesar also paint a picture of severe differences, strengths, and weaknesses. Cassius is always having to submit to Brutus’s demands and leadership shortfalls, and ° Caesar’s complete self-absorption when dealing with Calpurnia.
This play is extremely thick with magnificent speeches and supernaturalism and is a great read. It entertains an insight into the human manipulative world that Shakespeare wrote most of his plays.

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