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Discuss the ways in which Shakespeare reveals the characters of Brutus and Cassius in the play 'Julius Caesar'.

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Discuss the ways in which Shakespeare reveals the characters of Brutus and Cassius in the play 'Julius Caesar'. The play 'Julius Caesar' written in 1623 by William Shakespeare depicts the scenes in Rome around 44 BC. At the time Rome was a republic lead by their head senator 'Julius Caesar' lead them. His great leadership led to the jealousy of many of the other senators resulting in a conspiracy to assassinate him. The two main conspirators are Marcus Brutus and Caius Cassius, Shakespeare presents them as very different characters who have their own and very different reasons for murdering Caesar. In the start of the play Brutus and Cassius are attending the feast of Lupeical, celebrated by the people of Rome. Brutus is a very close friend of Caesar and admires and loves him as a leader and a friend. "I love him well." Brutus asks about shouting from the crowd and Cassius answers him. He is talking about Caesar to Cassius as he said before that he fears Caesar becoming king. It shows how he loves and admires Caesar and his respect for him is huge, it also shows how Cassius feels for Caesar at the beginning of this play. ...read more.

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This is one of the omens that were unusual. Cassius at this point didn't care about these weird omens, showing he has no conscience towards anything that doesn't concern him. Shakespeare uses these bad omens to put the audience into suspense because it means someone is going to die soon as I this scene the next day in the play Caesar dies. There was a storm in this scene which was another of Shakespeare's effects which could have been some people banging pots and pans behind the stage. All of these sound effects were used to set an atmosphere and can also determine what is going to occur in the play, such as death and anger. Prior to Caesar's murder, Brutus refuses to have Mark Anthony killed; this was one of his mistakes. "He shall be satisfied; and, by my honour, depart untouch'd" Brutus does this because he doesn't feel it is necessary to kill any one other than Caesar, this shows his weakness that he isn't the type of person who thinks everyone who needs to die shall die, he would rather work other ways around it. ...read more.

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Shakespeare uses a wide range of feelings to portray all of his characters: happiness, sadness "Come down, behold me no more. O, coward that I am, to live so long, to see my best friend ta'en before my face!" anger, jealousy, love, grief, fear "I fear our purpose is discovered." Also there are many others. Shakespeare used a lot of symbolism by making the characters use a lot of metaphors and similes to show their feelings and how they perceive things. "The troubled Tiber chafing with her shores" Shakespeare uses characterisation, stagecraft and language skilfully, to show the differences in character between Cassius and Brutus. He uses a wide and varied range of linguistics such as metaphors, similes and poetical language to make the play appropriate to all types of people in those days. This is how he writes all his plays. Throughout this play we see Shakespeare using many ways to reveal the characters of Brutus and Cassius, these are: what they say and how they say it including the soliloquy and his language choices, what other characters say about them, their actions, how they respond to others and how they react to certain situations to show their conscience. All of these factors add up to reveal the total extent of Cassius and Brutus through the duration of this play. ...read more.

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