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Julius Caesar - In what ways does the character of Julius Caesar seem to dominate the play even after his death?

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Julius Caesar, Coursework Question In what ways does the character of Julius Caesar seem to dominate the play even after his death? The character of Julius Caesar seem to dominate the play even after his death in many ways, one of the most obvious ones is Julius Caesar's ghost. Caesar ghost appears in front of Brutus when he is alone (apart from Lucius who is sleeping) in his tent, Brutus is shocked, then the ghost tells Brutus that he will see him at Philippi: Act four Scene three lines 282-3 Brutus: "Why comst thou?" Ghost: "To tell thee thou shalt see me at Philippi" This leaves Brutus undaunted but worried about why Caesars ghost is going to Philippi. ...read more.


The conspirators who plotted against Caesar and killed him because they did not want him to get too much power and be crowned king. Brutus explained the reason for Caesar's death by saying "not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more". The crowd them seemed happy with this until Mark Antony came to the stage and turned the crowd against the conspirators' claming he would avenge the death of Caesar. Before it seemed that Mark Antony went along with the conspirators and appeared to offer his life to the conspirators. Antony along with Octavius, Caesar's heir, had stabbed the conspirators in the back to form an opposition against them willing to fight for vengeance of Caesar's death and for the right of the power left behind. ...read more.


Now the crowd knows that Caesar left everything to them they begin to turn to Antonym's side. Antony then says that he fears he has gone to far, remembering the conditions he agreed to with Brutus in Act 3 scene 1 lines 247-54, after this the crowd are infuriated with the conspirators and run riot in the town. Antony cleverly used Caesars will and the use of sarcasm saying the conspirators were noble and honourable men to turn the crowd to his favour and is pleased with the results. In this fight for the power left behind by Caesar and still being Caesars in a way dominates the remainder of the play. The fight is for the ultimate prize to share rule over the Roman Empire, the humiliation of the thought of defeat leads Cassius and Brutus to make a pact that if they lose they will commit suicide. ...read more.

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