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In the year 1599 Shakespeare wrote a play called Julius Caesar.

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Shakespeare in the Elizabethan times was one of the most famous play-writers of all time. In the year 1599 Shakespeare wrote a play called Julius Caesar. In the play people think that Julius Caesar is becoming powerful. The play is about the conspiracy of the dictator Julius Caesar. Julius Caesar trusted too many people and in turn they think he has become too powerful. Caesar is the main character throughout the play and dies half way through the play. Despite this, the rest of the play is about the consequences of his death which makes him the main character throughout the play. There are quite a few themes that put the play together. Some of these are courage, Ritual, order, fate, honour, friendship and betrayal. The betrayal of Julius Caesar by Brutus is one of the most famous, when Brutus joined Cassius to kill his own friend Caesar. ...read more.

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(Act 1, Scene 2, lines 197-198.) "Fear him not Caesar he's not dangerous. He is a noble roman, and well given." By Anthony defending Cassius character, it shows that they considered Cassius to be their close friend, and Caesar trusted Anthony a lot, to take his advice. It shows their extremely strong friendship. Shakespeare makes sure we see glimpses of courage in all the main characters and many of the minor ones. This is emphasized in Act 1, Scene 3, lines 57-9. "You are dull, Casca, and those sparks of life that should be in a Roman you do want, Or else you use not." This shows that Cassius was not scared of the storm and tells Casca not to be scared. Also by putting down Casca down, Cassius meant for him to become stronger. ...read more.

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The Elizabethan audience were worried; their queen was old, and had no heir. Shakespeare used this to write Julius Caesar to show what might happen when the queen dies. People were scared about civil war as many people would want to get into power when the queen dies with no heir to the throne. Shakespeare played on this fear when he wrote of the death of Caesar; the story was old, but the theme was current. Similarly, Julius Caesar was having problems ruling the country. After his death, there was a civil war. Also when Antony warned that Rome would experience: "Domestic fury and fierce civil strife" He would have reminded the Elizabethans of their own fearful situation. The story of Julius Caesar had courage, Ritual, order, fate, honour and friendship and betrayal. It showed what may happen if the queen died with no heir. All these points made the play appealing to the Elizabethan audiences and made it one of Shakespeare best plays. ...read more.

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