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With Close reference to Act 1-3 of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, illustrate the theme of loyalty/ betrayal.

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GCSE Julius Caesar

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With Close reference to Act 1-3 of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, illustrate the theme of loyalty/ betrayal.

The theme of loyalty and betrayal is a recurring one in the Shakespearean play 'Julius Caesar'. 'Julius Caesar' paints a vivid picture of loyalty and betrayal all the time throughout the play as it explores the dark sides of the world of politics. I will explore and show in the coming paragraphs how the theme of loyalty and betrayal is indeed an recurring theme in this play.

Firstly, in Act one Scene One, we learnt that Julius Caesar has returned to Rome after triumphing Pompey, his old alliance, and his sons in a war and the plebeians had carved out a holiday just to see him. Many examples of loyalty and betrayal can already be seen here. The most obvious will be Julius Caesar's betrayal and, eventually, triumph over his old alliance ad arch-rival Pompey. Both of them were good friends, and had worked together before but Julius Caesar had turned the tables on Pompey and won a war that is over 'Pompey's Blood'. Julius Caesar betrayed his old friend, Pompey, to advance his political career in the Roman arena. This

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