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  1. With close reference to the text explain how Mark Antony manipulates the crowd after the death of Caesar

    The Elizabethan audience would throw orange peels and the like at the actors if the actors were acting a part of the play that they did not like, mostly the Elizabethan audience would react in this way when the part of the play would go against their belief for instance the killing of Julius Caesar. Even though the play is named after him, Julius Caesar is by no means the main character because most of the play is based on events after his death.

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  2. Discuss Shakespeare's presentation of the speeches of Brutus and Antony in Act 3 Scene 2 in Julius Caesar

    Shakespeare borrows Plutarch's reference of Caesar's dislike of thin men, "Let me have men about me that are fat," this becoming the line in Act 1 Scene 2. Although Shakespeare is inspired by Plutarch's book, some differences between the actual history and the play are apparent, this helps the audience to understand the characters as Shakespeare intends them to be understood. For example, on the journey to the Senate House in Act 3 Scene 1, Artemidorus approaches Caesar with a letter, urging him to read it since it "touches Caesar nearer".

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  3. Julius Caeasar

    It is not clear whether the uneven nature of these dramas is due to an imperfect understanding of Elizabethan humour and society or a deliberate attempt by him to blend styles and confound expectations. Shakespeare wrote tragedy plays from the beginning of his career. One of his earliest plays was the Roman tragedy Titus Andronicus, which he followed a few years later with Romeo and Juliet. However, his most admired tragedies were written in a seven-year period between 1601 and 1608.

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  4. What do we learn about the characters of Cassius and Brutus and how they change through the course of the play

    It must be noted how Cassius says "bend his body", from which we get a painful image of one to having curl themselves up before Caesar though it only means to bow, hyperbole which suggests his linguistic talent. From the word "carelessly", we are given the impression that Caesar has become so great that he needs only briefly to "nod" at Cassius before he must kiss the floor at Caesar's feet. From such use of words, we can see that Cassius has great linguistic talent, for several times he uses "we", an effective persuasive technique with which he hopes to

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  5. Show how Shakespeare demonstrates the use of persuasion with close reference to the play "Julius Caesar"

    (I.II.60) He then flatters Brutus saying that he has heard many people talk of him highly '..and groaning underneath this age's yoke, Have wish'd that noble Brutus had his eyes' (I.II.61) Brutus is flattered by these words, that anonymous Romans have said about him. I think this shows like Caesar, Brutus can also be vain. Brutus lets slip that 'What means this shouting? I do fear the people choose Caesar for their King' (I.II.79) However, Brutus tells him, that Caesar is his good friend.

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  6. William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

    They feel he is well respected by the Romans because he is elderly and wise. "Let us have him, for his silver hairs will purchase us a good opinion." Cassius wants him to join because he thinks Cicero "will stand strong" with them. They are trying to get people who are well respected and liked so their cause will seem noble and just to the citizens of Rome. "It shall be said his judgment ruled [the conspirators] hands." 5. Brutus rejects Cicero because "he will never follow anything that other men have started." Brutus fears if they 'break with Cicero" the secret might get out.

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  7. 'Julius Caesar'- Shakespeare

    both speak at Caesars funeral. Each had his own reason and purpose for doing so. Both speeches had their own addressing the crowd as well as differing styles. Therefore, differing effects on the crowd as a result of their differing styles and techniques. Brutus was first to speak. If the play was staged he and the conspirators would approach the stand with their hands dripping in Caesars blood, creating a victorious effect. Brutus approaches the crowd by stating his reasons for killing Caesar. He explains to the crowd that Caesar was removed due to his ambition and that if he were to become king, Rome would be destroyed. Brutus speaks in 'prose' (lower class language)

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  8. Refer to Act 1 Scene 2, Act 2 Scene 1 and Act 4 Scene 3. Explain how the audiences' perception of Cassius and Brutus is likely to change during these scenes

    He does this using many different techniques. Cassius is able to make Brutus feel guilty towards him and make him feel as though he has done something wrong even though he hasn't: "I have not from your eyes that gentleness\And show of love as I was wont to have." Cassius wants to make Brutus feel guilty so that he will open up to him and give him a chance to start speaking about Caesar and his plans to murder him. At this point the audience may feel sorry for Cassius as they think that he has been ignored and they may think Brutus is unappreciative of his friends.

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  9. How suitably is the theme of the supernatural depicted in the play 'Julius Caesar'?

    One of the functions of Shakespeare's poetry is to communicate to the audience in an imaginative manner. Through his vivid language he is able to create, the setting, portray the character and the emotional atmosphere of the scene. The Elizabethan audience believed deeply in the supernatural and superstition. They hungered for it. The use of unnatural events had a significant topical interest for the Elizabethan audience. The Elizabethans believed that the appearance of spirits was accompanied by a wind. It is also effective as a modern stage effect. In modern theatre, ghosts and supernatural occurrences are difficult to stage.

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  10. Julius Caesar- Mark Antony speech - Analysis

    This is apparent in the reactions of the crowds as they now believe 'this Caesar was a tyrant'. Hence Brutus has been successful. And so Antony's speech now becomes a reaction to that of Brutus's, as he no longer speaks for the people of Rome by supporting Caesar but must now turn public opinion around to revenge Caesar's murder. He is able to do this effectively in this speech. This is why Julius Caesar pivots on act three, scene two as the oration and rhetoric that the play focuses so much on, predominantly occurs in this scene.

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  11. What do we learn about the characters of Cassius and Brutus in these scenes, and how does their behaviour change from one scene to the next?

    Cassius is a very devious and sly senator he is one of the original conspirators against Caesar. Like the other conspirators he fears what life under King Caesar's rule could mean for him and the privileges he has. The plot of Julius Caesar would be strikingly relevant to the Elizabethan audience due to the recent attempted rebellion of the Earl of Essex. He was one of Queen Elizabeth's favourites but he was plotting against her to overthrow her but he was caught.

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  12. By comparing and contrasting the dramatic presentation of Act 3 Scene 2 in the 1953 film version with Shakespeare's text, consider the different ways Brutus and Antony seek to control the crowd

    He was needed in the murder plot from the beginning on account of his nobility. Therefore it is Brutus who has the responsibility of getting the citizens to ally with the conspirators. Brutus greets the crowd as 'Romans, countrymen and lovers' (L.13) This is flattery for the crowd as it makes them feel on par with Brutus (lovers meaning friends). The crowd will want to hear what he has to say as his equals, his friends, instead of the illusion that Brutus has authority over them. Brutus also appeals to their consciousness as citizens of Rome; he wants them to feel privileged to be Romans.

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  13. How do Brutus and Cassius change throughout the play of Julius Csar?

    We see the full extent of Cassius' feelings towards Caesar when they stand together on the upper balconies watching the procession of Caesar and his troupe at the 'Feast of Lupercal'. As Caesar receives a rapturous applause and cheer from the crowd, Brutus reveals that he thinks Caesar will be made king and Cassius works on this statement and pursues him on the subject. Whereas Brutus speaks only two lines to say his fears, Cassius launches into a long speech about how if Brutus feels that this is wrong, he should stand up on his honour and stop this from happening.

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  14. Julius Caesar.

    Marcus Brutus Caesar's dearest friend is the leader of the conspirators. He's a patriotic Roman citizen and values nothing above his love for his nation. Cassius persuades him to join the conspiracy and due to his agreement in the belief of Caesar's potential of becoming a tyrant and that the Romans are to become slaves without freedom if Caesar were to be crowned he decides to join Cassius and his companions. Cassius uses Brutus' love for Rome as a key to make him join the conspiracy because he's realised that that Brutus has love for Rome to such an extent that he would be prepared to kill his dear friend Caesar for the good of Rome.

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  15. The exact date of the publication of 'Julius Caesar' is not absolutely certain. However, most critics agree that the play was written sometime between 1598 and 1608 - during, or just after, the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

    Despite the fact that his family was not a prominent one, he had many influential relatives who helped him in his rise to supremacy. Later on in that century, Caesar allied with Pompey and Crassus to form the First Triumvirate, an important part of Roman history. The Roman Empire, which comprised of the majority of the continents of Europe, Asia and Africa, was shared out equally between them. However, when Crassus died in battle against the Parthians in 53 B.C.E; there was conflict between Caesar and Pompey since neither of the two wanted to share their power.

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  16. You are directing a performance of "Julius Caesar". How would you direct the actors and use stage craft to create the impact that Shakespeare intended.

    He would have to stand up tall and with confidence not being scared by the crowd. At first he will speak with a lot of sorrow and sadness then he will begin to build up to a climax where he will eventually turn the crowd on the conspirators. At the end of his speech he learns that the General Octavius has entered Rome with a huge army and believes that he can use his army to crush the conspirators. The actors I would use are ones which I think suit the certain part. I am going to show the type of person I would play the characters with famous Hollywood actors because they have easily identifiable styles of acting.

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  17. What do we learn about the characters of Cassius and Brutus in these scenes, and how does their behaviour change from one scene to the next?

    A good example to prove this is when he showed Brutus as being stubborn he said "You bear too stubborn and too strange a hand over a friend who loves you." Cassius considers Brutus as "stubborn" because Brutus has a steadfast gaze on events in Rome and is totally oblivious by the plea made by Cassius. We also learn from this opening scene, that Cassius is very much a sycophantic character. That is why he uses this as one of his techniques of manipulation, to convince the stolid Brutus to kill his friend Caesar.

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  18. The Events in Brutus’s tent (act 4 scenes 2 and 3)

    Brutus tells us that he is displeased with Cassius and that he shall find out what is going on. "Your master...Hath given me some worthy cause to wish things Done undone: but if he be at hand, I shall be satisfied" This increases the anticipation of the audience again because they are not sure what is going on with Brutus and Cassius and is left in suspense, the audience hasn't seen Brutus and Cassius for a while and this provokes their interest, they want to know more. Cassius has sent Pindarus ahead of him this adds to the slow augmentation of unease before Cassius enters.

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  19. Explain how the Parts of Cassius [in Act I] and Mark Antony [in Act III should be played: (i) To Show how they react to Different Events; (ii) To show how they persuade their Different Audiences.

    He does this in the hope that Brutus will then speak more openly about what he is thinking. He needs this information because for one he needs to know for certain whether or not he can persuade Brutus and secondly this will then determine what approach he needs to take. ...Over your friend that loves you. He then asks him whether or not Brutus can see his face; Brutus replies that he cannot, since the eye does not see itself.

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  20. Using Particularly Act 3 Scene 1, Act 3 Scene 2, and Act 4 Scene 1, how far do you agree with Antony’s own description of himself as a “plain blunt man”?

    He behaves like they are better than him, and I think that he is testing the conspirators, to see how much they will let him do. It is almost as if he already has an idea of his way to get revenge for the killing of Caesar, and he is carrying out his plan - to get on the good side of the conspirators - again showing his character to be devious; even clever. " I doubt not of your wisdom.

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  21. Comparison of the Speeches made by Brutus and Antony in the Marketplace

    to stay and listen to what Antony had to say to remember Caesar by. Antony then starts his first speech with the famous words: "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears!" This shows us how Antony is trying to address the entire crowd before him, giving the speech a more personal feeling to it, which tries to appeal to the plebeian's emotions, instead of their intellect. Antony repeatedly tries to win over the Plebeians because he knows that they are the most important people in Rome.

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Compare Brutus and Antonys speeches in Act III Scene 2 of Julius Caesar. Analyse the dramatic effects created by Shakespeares use of language

    "Antony decided to take with him the will sealed by Caesar. The crowd are desperate to find out what the will holds. Antony refused to do this based upon moral grounds. However he hints that Caesar's riches would have benefited the empire and its citizens since they were the heirs. This is arguably what changes and helps the crowd reach their conclusion. Brutus' speech is very direct in its addressing and relies on repetition and punchy lines to gain the audiences' support. Comparatively Antony's approach is astute and sophisticated. I believe Shakespeare has written a very engaging scene by constantly swinging the audience's support between Brutus and Antony. Christy Varghese 11 T Shakespeare Coursework (Julius Caesar) 1"

  • Discuss the main Characteristics of Julius Caesar, from Shakespeares play Julius Caesar.

    "In conclusion Caesar was portrayed as a ruthless man, desperate for power. However, he was often easily manipulated due to his arrogance and over-inflated ego. He was also very good at deceiving the common people and making them believe that he was working for the greater good when really he was just working for his own personal benefit. These were the main factors in Caesars characteristics that ultimately lead to the end of his life. These are also the main characteristics that have seemed to be passed from Caesar onto Mark Anthony, turning him into a ruthless murderer desperate for power. Stuart Stephens 11D 1"

  • Julius Caesar - Compare the speaches of Brutus and Antony.

    "Although it was Antony's appeal to the crowds emotion that ultimately swayed them to his side. In conclusion, both Brutus and Antony's speeches were very important to the drama so that their audience can see how easily manipulated the plebeians were. This enables Mark Antony to move the crowd to avenge Caesar's death through civil war and finally the suicides of Brutus and Mark Antony. ADIL ELMI Page 1 5/1/2007"

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