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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: English
  • Essay length: 1532 words

Julius Caesar

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Introduction

Julius Caesar Julius Caesar is one of Shakespeare's great history plays, written in the early 1600s. The play is about a famous Roman leader, Julius Caesar, and the stories of the wars he fought, the people he killed, until the betraying treason committed upon him, and thereafter the havoc caused by the dramatic death of the Roman leader. I will be working on Scene 2, which is about the two speeches of Brutus and Mark Antony (MA), talking to the crowd, after the death of Caesar. I will firstly explain Brutus' speech. "Not that I love Caesar less, but that I love Rome more", is a quote by Brutus, which depicts how he tried to make everybody think that the killing of Caesar was done for the good of Rome, purely for the country and its people. Another reason Brutus gives the crowd is "as he was ambitious, I slew him". The word "ambitious" signifies the attempt of Brutus to make Caesar seem power-greedy with the ultimate need of his killing. Also, the effect of the very powerful word "slew" emphasises Brutus' directness and his reliance on the truth to quieten the crowd's uproar.

Middle

"I am no orator, as Brutus is" - This makes the crowd feel quite sympathetic towards MA, as it displays that he is struggling speaking about the death of Caesar as honourably as Brutus did. The crowd should appreciate the great skill of oratory by MA, but not the deceitful lies, he made up about the cause of Caesar's death and that Brutus was basically a savage. MA used his great skill of oratory with deceitful and manipulative lies to entice the crowd and turn them against Brutus. Mark Antony also replied on emotions, as he pretended to cry about Caesars death. The reason for MA's deceit was for power. Brutus thought that if he told the truth about the killing, the crowd would believe that he did it for the good of Rome. But this was a big mistake as well as trusting MA who betrayed him. Another mistake was how he talked to the crowd. Brutus spoke DOWN to the crowd, not being as good an oratory speaker that MA. Brutus succeeds in what he tries to say to do. His main task was to make the audience think that what he did was for the good of Rome, and not for his own power.

Conclusion

These props and staging are very clever as they display how truthful Brutus was, as he didn't wash or clean his hands, dagger or attire. But Brutus also made big mistakes. "I do entreat you, not a man apart, save I alone, till Antony have spoke" - This is the main mistake when he leaves MA to betray his trust, and turn the crowd against him. This quote of Brutus is another mistake he made - "I have the same dagger for myself, when it shall please my country to need my death". As he said this, Brutus pulled out his bloodied dagger. By doing this, the crowd knew for certain that Brutus had killed Caesar. But not everything Brutus had done was risky; as following act was very clever. Brutus and the other conspirators bathed their hands in Caesars blood, to make the death seem more symbolic and less ravenous. On all of Brutus's props and staging he was truthful about everything, as he thought this would make the crowd believe his act was done for the good of Rome and its people, however he was wrong by being truthful, as he made it worse for himself, as then MA could turn the crowd against him much easier.

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