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During the course of the play, characters die in different ways for different reasons. Show how Shakespeare makes any four of the deaths interesting.

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Introduction

During the course of the play, characters die in different ways for different reasons. Show how Shakespeare makes any three of the deaths interesting. "Julius Caesar" being a historical tragedy, death is pre-eminent. Caesar's death is a focal point of the plot around which revolved the death of Brutus, Cassius, Cinna the poet and Portia's death. JULIUS CAESAR Caesar's death is aided by supernatural portents. Prior to his death, there is thunder and lightning "all the sway of earth shakes, like a thing unfirm", "a tempest dropping fire", and Calpurnia's dream which foretold Caesar's death. All this created an eerie climax, since his was the only death foretold by a premonition. The reader is left to wonder after the warnings from the soothsayer "Beware the Ides of March!" and Artemidorus "Caesar, beware of Brutus, take heed of Cassius...There is but one mind in all these men, and it is bent against Caesar" whether Caesar's fate could have been changed had he listened to them. ...read more.

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Cassius, though a firm unbeliever in the supernatural, thought it was a sign of their impending defeat and was sure that he would lose the battle that day. Even though Cassius is one of the leaders of the conspiracy against Caesar, we feel sad at his death, for it is because of his deep love for his friend that he takes his life. The extreme guilt he feels, knowing Titinius died carrying out his orders, drives him to kill himself to end his pain. The painful twist in the story gives the reader a deeper feeling of sorrow when we learn Titinius did not die but was celebrating Brutus' victory. CINNA THE POET In Act 3 Scene 3, Caesar's death is followed be the death of Cinna, the poet. Despite a premonition, Cinna ventured out after Caesar's death. "I dreamt tonight that I did feast with Caesar, and things unluckily charge my fantasy; I have no will to wander forth of doors, yet something leads me forth." ...read more.

Conclusion

Brutus is redeemed. Through death he escaped his guilt of killing Caesar, and from the hands of his enemies, Antony and Octavius. His arch enemy Antony, in his eulogy , says of him, "This was the noblest Roman of them all. All the conspirators save only he, did that they did in envy of great Caesar. He only, in a general honest thought, and common good to all, made one of them." These three deaths are made interesting by Shakespeare's magnificent talent at story-telling. All four deaths could have been avoided. The suspense leading up to Caesar's death is thrilling as we wonder if he indeed will be killed. His death is avenged when Brutus and Cassius are killed. Cassius's honourable act of killing himself out of deep love for his friend is made interesting when we find out Titinius is not dead after all. Cinna's death is very shocking because it shows us the violent nature of the crowd and Antony's dangerous powers of manipulation. Brutus' kills himself so as to avoid being captured, but it is still honourable. The underlying message is that criminals will get what they deserve. ...read more.

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