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Julius Caesar

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Julius Caesar Despite the Roman setting the themes and issues of Julius Caesar would have been relevant to the England of Shakespeare's time in a number of ways. Until Caesar's time Rome was ruled as a republic. This meant that the city was ruled by a senate, which was similar to a council which was made up of only the noblest of people. This may be why Brutus thought that he could get away with the murder of Caesar. Caesar wanted too much power , he was good friends with "Pompey the great" and a noble man who ruled over the senate. Because Caesar wanted as much power as possible he got rid of Pompey so that he could take over and rule on his own. This wasn't a very good idea because it could have led to civil war. Murellus: "Wherefore rejoice?................ That needs must light on this ingratitude." Here we see how some of the public were opposed to the idea of Caesar killing Pompey and taking over his position. ...read more.


Caesar: "I could be well moved, if I were as you;....... ........And constant do remain to keep him so." Here again we see that Caesar sees himself as God unaffected and untouchable by normal men. This was exactly what the senate was afraid of. Caesar was murdered to prevent the position of Emperor from being reintroduced into Rome's power structure, but it still happened even after the death of Caesar with Octavius becoming Emperor. Maybe the senators secretly organised the assassination of Caesar. This may have been another point that Shakespeare was trying to get across to the public. Maybe he meant by this that some of the important people of his time were getting too powerful. For example the Earl of Essex who helped Mary Queen of Scots try to dethrone Queen Elizabeth the first. He may of meant for the play to warn people to be aware of people who were willing to challenge the heavens appointed ruler of the time. ...read more.


Yet part of the chaos was caused by the deaths ordered by Antony and Octavius. 3 plebeian: " Your name, sir truly." Cinna the poet: "Truly, my name is Cinna." 1 plebeian: " Tear him to pieces, he's a conspirator." Cinna the poet: "I am Cinna the poet, I am Cinna the poet." 4 plebeian: "Tear him for his bad verses, tear him for his bad verses." Cinna the poet "I am not Cinna the conspirator." 4 plebeian: "It is no matter, his name's Cinna. Pluck but his name out of his heart and turn him going." Here we see a perfect example of the chaos caused by Antony and Octavius's ordered deaths of the conspirators. The public (plebeians) are totally out of control and cause chaos and misery due to the orders of Antony and Octavius. So yes I do agree that despite its Roman setting it was relevant to the England of Shakespeare's time where the Monarch lived in fear of betrayal and treachery, like Caesar after the encounter with the soothe sawyer. I believe that history repeats itself so I strongly believe ...read more.

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