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Explore the dramatic significance of Julius Caesar Act 3 Scene 2.

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William Shakespeare Coursework: Julius Caesar, Act 3 Scene 2. Explore the dramatic significance of Julius Caesar Act 3 Scene 2. In act three scene two, Shakespeare is confronted with a few problems. The preceding scene was the climax scene of the play; Caesar had been killed, due to the knowledge of the audience and references from history, they already knew that this was definitely to happen. The audience had now experienced probably the most awaited scene in the play, where the daggers of Brutus, Cassius, and many more had wounded and taken the life of the ambitious Caesar. This is where Shakespeare's problem is; he needed to maintain the dramatic tension for the rest of the play, as the audience would become bored. This is even harder for Shakespeare as he now has two audiences to cater for - the roman citizens within the play and the Elizabethan audiences watching the play. In this scene we see the character Mark Antony shining through as one of the main characters for the remainder of the scenes to come. ...read more.


Brutus's speech is impassive and therefore charms the crowd. Mark Antony enters the scene with the body of Caesar in his arms; this device is used to present what blood had been spilt despite what Brutus had said. As Antony enters Brutus makes a quick exit with the lines, "with this I depart, that as I slew my best lover for the good of Rome, I have the same dagger for myself, when it shall please my country to need my death." "Good countrymen, let me depart alone, and for my sake, stay here with Antony." Before Antony's speech begins he mentions a few lines about Brutus to find out what views the public have on him, for example, " For Brutus' sake, I am beholding to you." A reply is given from one of the citizens, "what does he say of Brutus." From this Antony knows the crowd's feeling and can therefore judge on how to really start his speech. "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears: I come to bury Caesar not to praise him." ...read more.


The most important dramatic device in this scene is the will of Caesar. It is much more manipulative than any of the other devices, however Shakespeare decides to use it at the end of Antony's speech. Once the crowd had been influenced he would then need to secure this position by making the citizens implore the will. By the end of Antony's speech the whole crowd have been converted onto his side. They leave to take vengeance of Caesars death. During this scene Shakespeare has portrayed the pliable and vacillating minds of the citizens. And the shrewdness of Mark Antony and Brutus. During the Elizabethan era, audiences would have enjoyed to heed such powerful, twisting, manipulative rhetoric language. Shakespeare uses powerful language to turn a political, historic event into a gripping, emotional drama. The Elizabethan era was very simple as only a few people learnt how to write and talk in this manner, mainly the educated upper class society. Therefore applying this to a drama was extremely enjoyable, the Elizabethans enjoyed watching the lower classed society in confused gullibility as it bought out the difference between them. ...read more.

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