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Julius Caesar Essay

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  • Essay length: 1881 words
  • Submitted: 28/03/2010
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GCSE Julius Caesar

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Compare the Funeral Speeches of Brutus and Anthony, Showing How They Affect the People Listening

"Thou art the ruins of the noblest man that ever lived in the tide of the times."

Julius Caesar was brutally slaughtered by a group of conspirators led by the noble Brutus. William Shakespeare interpreted this event in history and suggests that it took place because of Caesar's ambition. Now, we look at ambition as being a good thing but in the context of 'Julius Caesar' it portrays ruthless, selfish ambition.

Caesar could have escaped his morbid fate if he had heeded the ominous words of a soothsayer,

"Beware the ides of March."

The warning of his wife's, Calphurnia, dreams where Caesar's statue spurts out blood also foreshadows a sense of foreboding which the superstitious Elizabethan audience would have easily tapped into. Various other scenes such as terrible storms thought to mirror the Gods anger with the hellish happenings in Rome would not have helped to put the people of Rome, or Shakespeare's audience at ease. However despite all caution, he goes with the conspirators to the capital and to his death.

Shakespeare creates a significant, dramatic change

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