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In 'Julius Caesar', How Would You Attempt To Influence The Crowd's Reaction To Julius Caesar (Up To The Assassination)?

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In 'Julius Caesar', How Would You Attempt To Influence The Crowd's Reaction To Julius Caesar (Up To The Assassination)? In Act 1, Scene 1 we are introduced to Flavius and Marullus, and we soon learn that they are not too fond of Caesar and instead preferred the previous ruler Pompey. In their speeches they should sound resentful about Caesar to show their dislike for him. When Flavius says "These growing feathers plucked from Caesar's wing will make him fly an ordinary pitch...and keep us all in servile fearfulness", this shows their fears regarding the possibility of Caesar becoming tyrannical and making them slaves, which leads me to believe they should sound angry and bitter when saying this. At the start of Act 1, Scene 2, we soon learn that Caesar is of a superstitious nature, though he tries not to make this evident. Evidence of this is when the Soothsayer speaks to him; Caesar shows slight insecurity, as he wants to see his face. Notably, Caesar says "He is a dreamer, let us leave him. Pass." I would have Caesar seeming rather insecure when saying this, as I would want the audience to realise he does have slight superstitions. ...read more.

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When Caesar re-enters we now realize that Caesar is getting suspicious of Cassius as he says, "He thinks too much. Such men are dangerous". Caesar shouldn't want anyone to hear this, as he is a proud man. We also learn that he is deaf in the left ear, another weakness, as he says to Antony, "Come on my right hand, for this ear is deaf." Casca then starts talking to Brutus and Cassius. He should sound trustworthy to begin with, because as far as the audience is concerned, he provides the only source of information of what actually happened when Caesar was offered the crown. However, Casca then suggests Caesar tried to win over the Romans by refusing the crown, before continuing to suggest how Caesar also collapsed in the market place; yet another physical weakness. Furthermore, Casca mentions that, "If Caesar stabbed their mothers, they would have done no less.", suggesting the Romans are blinded by their love for him. By the end of the speech the audience should know that he is against Caesar by the way Casca tells of the events, speaking rather irritably about Caesar to try and suggest he has done wrong. ...read more.

Conclusion

When Caesar rejects Metellus' plea, he should try to come across with a little arrogance by emphasizing such phrases like "I am constant as the northern star" and "I could well be moved, if I were as you", as he thinks he shouldn't have to answer all these questions because he is of such great magnitude. Through his belief in his own power, he naturally would also be getting rather angry, demonstrating his frustration. Especially when Caesar says "Hence! Wilt thou lift up Olympus?"; through his anger he can get across his point that he will never change his mind. At the end of his life, and when Caesar says "Et tu Brute? Then fall Caesar!" he ought to be shocked and give up. As he is so very surprised about Brutus, I would expect the audience to feel sorry for Caesar after the way he has been treated, though on the other hand they still may feel that he deserved his fate, because of his boasting and inconsistency with his decisions. Though the audience may feel he did this sub-consciously, it leaves them with their own decision on the matters that have taken place. Zacc Rodwell Mr. DeRennes English Coursework ...read more.

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