The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
How William Shakespear uses the symbol of honor through Brutus in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar’
Arguement – The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
Honor is the mask that allows nobles to justify their actions. In the play, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, by Shakespeare, the protagonist, Brutus, faces many decisions that questions his honor. Brutus is a trusted noble who shows he is the symbol of honor. Brutus and the conspirators assassinate Julius Caesar, causing the Romans to question whether Brutus is honorable or not, after Antony’s funeral speech. Caesar dies because of his hubristic nature, which Brutus believes to be a tremendous flaw in a ruler. Brutus is an honorable man because he is motivated by just, unselfish reasons to end Caesar’s life, and chooses the respectful, caring decisions in dilemmas.
Brutus is seen as honorable and noble even by his enemy, Antony, because Antony notices Brutus is altruistic in the style he assassinates Caesar. “This was the noblest Roman… All the conspirators save only he did that they did in envy of great Caesar; He only, in a general honest thought,” (V.5.68-71). This quote shows that Brutus was thinking not of the rewards for himself, but the rewards the Romans receive from Caesar’s death. This is completely honorable because the other conspirators had traitorous reasons to rebel against Caesar. Brutus believes in the benefit of the people of Rome because he sees Caesar as an ambitious friend. “…I know no personal cause to spurn at him, But for the general. He would be crown’d: How that might change his nature, there’s the question,” (II.1.11-13). In this quote, spoken by Brutus himself, Brutus notices Caesar’s ambitious personality. He plans to ambush Caesar, not for his own personal gain, since Caesar is a friend, but for Rome’s gain. On the opposite perspective, one might see Brutus as a person making a simple excuse to assassinate Caesar, but this is not true. Brutus eventually offers his own life to Rome if Rome needs it, showing sacrifices are needed and Caesar’s sacrifice was needed.
Brutus does not take rash, unneeded decisions that cause unneeded bloodshed. When the conspirators debate on whether to kill Antony or not, Brutus decides to allow Antony to live. “For Antony is but a limb of Caesar. Let’s be sacrificers, but not butchers,” (II.1.165-166). In this quote, Brutus demonstrates caring for his soon to be opponent, allowing Antony a fair fight in the fields of war, rather than a double assassination. Brutus also chooses not to butcher Caesar, but to sacrifice him as if the assassination is sacred. “Let’s kill him boldly, but not wrathfully; Let’s carve him as a dish fit for the gods,” (II.1.172-173). Brutus is the only one that wants Caesar to die gracefully, because he believes Caesar is a good man other than his ambition. He is only afraid of how Caesar will change after obtaining the crown. Another perspective might believe Brutus to be wrong and Caesar’s personality was fine, but Caesar was foolish enough to walk into an ambush by the conspirators even with many warnings. Caesar was lucky to have such a respectful, honorable man be his opponent.
Power is an attractive force that can compel humans to seize leadership whenever possible. Leadership is difficult in this regard, because ambitions can hinder an honorable leader. It is clear that the one honorable person in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar is Brutus. Brutus shows his selflessness and reverence during the play. He is the one that power did not corrupt, he is the one that protects Romans from ambitious leaders, he is the most honorable Roman.
Man Vs. Man in William Shakespeare’s Play ‘The Tragedy of Julius Caesar’
Julius Caesar Lit Anaylsis Rough Draft
In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare illustrates many conflicts in the play. The most common one is man verses man. The conflict of man verses man through characters Caesar and Pompey, and Antony and The Conspirators are two very prominent representations of man verses man that are shown in this play.
One main conflict in the play that represents man verses man is the conflict between Caesar and Pompey. The play begins with Caesar returning back to Rome after a civil war. As Marullus, a Roman tribune, says,”Wherefor rejoice? What conquest brings he home?…That needs must light on this ingratitude.” (Shakespeare, 1204) Marullus, a Roman elected official believes that the people of Rome are wrong for celebrating Pompey’s death, and are welcoming Caesar and his victory.
The second man verses man conflict is Antony and The Conspirators. The Conspirators have killed Caesar, and Antony wants revenge on them for it. Antony reveals how he truly feels about The Conspirators by saying,”…And Caesar’s spirit, ranging for revenge…with carrion men, groaning for burial.” (Shakespeare, 1247) Antony feels resentful towards The Conspirators, for they have murdered his friend. He does not show them his bitterness, and what he truly feels, and he’ll play along with them until he has the best opportunity to turn Rome against Brutus and The Conspirators, by giving his speech after Brutus, and
There are many examples of man verses man in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. The conflicts between Caesar and Pompey and Antony and The Conspirators are just two of many that Shakespeare illustrates to the readers. These conflicts clearly show man verses man in the play.
Calpurnia And Decius’s Arguments In The Tragedy Of Julius Caesar By William Shakespeare
Tragedy of Julius Caesar
In the play Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, both of these characters Calpurnia and Decius try to persuade Caesar either into continued life, or into betrayal and death. Calpurnia had a vision that Caesar would die if he went to Senate. Opposing to Calpurnia’s dream, Decius promised Caesar the crown if he went to Senate. Calpurnia had to support her argument with her appeal to ethos and her fear for Caesar’s life. She spoke from her heart, but lacked logic in her dream. Decius took advantage of her vision and knew that Caesar would not turn anything down that guaranteed power, success, and wealth. Decius was able to persuade Caesar with alluring lies and evil tactics.
Calpurnia used vivid detail and made strong appeals to ethos to support her argument. Calpurnia’s credibility was established by her simply being the wife of Caesar, one of the greatest men in Rome. She hoped to capture Caesar’s attention by warning him of the terrors she saw in her dreams. For example she tells us, “A lioness hath whelped in the streets, and graves have yawned, and yielded up their dead; Fierce fiery warriors fought upon the cloud” (5-7). Caesar was influenced by Calpurnia’s dream, but it was not enough to make Caesar stay home. Calpurnia concluded her argument to Caesar by stating, “Your wisdom is consumed in confidence. Do not go forth today. Call it my fear” (29-30). Unfortunately, Calpurnia’s appeal to ethos was not able to affect Caesar. Being married to an over confident person, Calpurnia should have known that Caesar would not believe her. He had very few fears; he especially did not fear his death because he knew the God’s had control over it. Caesar was too sure of himself, and as a result Decius took advantage of his arrogance. Decius’s motivation for getting Caesar to go to Senate was based on his ethos. He was a member of a group of conspirators, whose plan was to kill Caesar at Senate. Decius was able to manipulate Caesar by turning everything in his wife’s dream into a positive “This dream is all amiss interpreted; it was a vision fair and fortunate” (45-46). Decius appeals to the ethos of Caesar. He knows that Caesar is greedy, and in a quest for everlasting glory. Decius concluded his argument explaining to Caesar, “And know it now, the Senate have concluded to give this day a crown to mighty Caesar. If you shall send them word you will not come, their minds may change” (56-58). The promises of wealth and success were all Decius needed, in order to influence Caesar. Decius explains what Caesar will be missing if he stays at home. Decius uses ethos because he appeals to the character of Caesar. He knows that Caesar is greedy, in search of glory, and striving to become a legend. Decius simply tells Caesar everything he wants to hear, and tricks him easily in this way.
Both arguments were strong, but in this case, Decius knew Caesar better. Calpurnia and Decius each had a close relationship with Caesar, and they were both equally capable of persuading Caesar. Caesar was neither fearful nor emotional, and as a result, Calpurnia’s emotional argument had little effect on him. Decius was sure that Caesar would not turn down anything that would make him prosperous or greater than the others. Decius was correct, and in the end believing Decius’s lies would cost Caesar his life.
Political Violence In Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar
In Julius Caesar by Shakespeare, Shakespeare shows many different types of political violence which can still be related to today. Shakespeare writes about civil war over how the government should work. This is a concept that can relate to our times and almost any time period. He was likely inspired by political events during his lifetime and before it. This can not only be related to his time but to modern day civil wars. He also wrote about assassination, the idea that without a leader a movement will die and undemocratic means to protect democracy. These are ideas or questions which can relate to our modern day because they are still being asked and attempted.
Shakespeare’s play is often played replacing the Roman characters with modern day characters, one version of the play showed Mussolini as Caesar. Shakespeare was after all inspired by his surroundings and the era. William Shakespeare was born April 23, 1564 according to church documents in Stratford, England. William Shakespeare died on his birthday in 1616. His parents were Mary Arden and John Shakespeare. He married Anne Hathaway on November 28, 1582. William Shakespeare learned Greek and Latin which suggests a strong education according to J.M.Pressley. He retired in 1611 Stratford where he lived out the last five years of his life in peace. Paraphrasing Dana Demange’s article Greek and Roman culture affected was the hit thing of the time in England. Since it was the big thing of the time it probably affected his writing style reading about Greco-Roman plays and history.
These stories from hundreds of years ago still related to Shakespeare’s time just as Shakespeare’s plays still related to our time. These Greco-Roman stories related especially to England who had recently gone through a lot of internal political violence. The murder of political opponents’ reputations was also very common in England at this time, Protestant nobles and Catholic nobles would try to end each other’s career by getting power and placing laws to hurt them. These turbulent times in England most definitely impacted his writing. One of the things that makes Julius Caesar a play that will always be relatable to modern times is its fundamental ideas. These fundamental ideas are things that will happen as long as their are humans and as long as there are countries. One of these ideas is undemocratic ways to protect democracy. When Brutus and Cassius kill Julius Caesar they are committing physical violence which is prohibited in a democracy, they are committing this violence however to protect the democracy.
“Extolling the play as a masterpiece about power and political violence, director Oskar Eustis persuasively defended his interpretation as a warning about “what happens when you try to preserve democracy by nondemocratic means.” The question of whether this violence is justified is one that is still asked today and it’s a question that Shakespeare provoked in his literature. In Julius Caesar another fundamental idea about political violence is set up which is assassination and how effective it is. Cutting of the head of the snake to see the whole snake die is an idea which still occurs in today’s conflicts. When Julius Caesar is assassinated by his opponents who want to keep the republic, Brutus and Cassius said they were liberators and that Julius Caesar was going to enslave them.
This was initially supported by the people of Rome but then they end getting their reputations ended by their opponents who stirred up all of Rome saying that they were murders and dishonorable. Soon the republicans where kicked out of Rome and died off. This can be related to the Russia revolt against the tsar where revolutionaries killed the tsar to free the people but soon found that their opponents had convinced the people these men where not to be trusted and they were killed by the people they believed to be freeing. In both the play and historical account cutting of the head of the snake did not work for the opponents of the people in power because soon they were cut off too. “The October Revolution was a pivotal event in world history with effects that reverberated through the 20th century. It plunged Russia into years of unrest, civil war, terror and famine”.
The final idea Shakespeare wrote about in his play was civil war over how a government should work may lead to no change but many dead on both sides. In the play after both civil wars and even the death of Julius Caesar nothing was accomplished. This is relatable to Present day Iraq were the leader of the undemocratic regime was killed and they have gone through many civil wars and are still going through them but no changes have gone through in the government. In conclusion Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar is relatable to our present and always will be. He was able to see how humans had always repeated history and put this into his plays so they would never go out of style. His play Julius Caesar is undoubtedly still relevant to today. This is proven by the modern day events that mirror his play. Shakespeare’s work has lasted over four hundred years and still been relevant and it’s relevancy will most likely out live everything we know.
Idealism In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare uses rhetoric, dramatic irony, and the characters of Cassius and Brutus to reveal with vivid strokes how idealism undermines our capacity to comprehend different outcomes and forces us down a path of societal distress.
Idealism limits our capability to think and therefore lowers our potential as human beings. Shakespeare effectively shows this through conversations between Cassius and Brutus. Brutus is the embodiment of idealism because of his patriotism for Rome and his belief in Rome and its people. Cassius on the other hand is cunning and he is able to use this patriotism in that is in Brutus to further his own agenda and specific goals. Men at some time are masters of their fates. The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves” This illustrates how simple it was to convince Brutus to kill Caesar. All Cassius needed to do was touch upon Brutus’ ego every so slightly in order to promote thought that showed him a picture of a world where he, Brutus, was ruler and how amazing that world could be for Rome. Cassius also cunningly puts forth the idea that we have control our own fate, if we want something we need to accomplish it ourselves. The fault is not in our stars, suggests that no one is born to rule, we need to earn that right which Caesar has not and Brutus can easily do. Brutus now could not look past this ideal world that he had created in his head and kept comparing it to the one with Caesar. He was debating whether or not to kill Caesar but not once did he reevaluate his position with Cassius that Caesar was ambitious. His ideal world limited the scope of his thinking a ultimately lead him to the killing of Caesar. “Like wrath in death and envy afterwards… Let us be sacrificers but not butchers, Caius.” (61,Shakespeare) Butus’ limited thought process is explicitly shown here as well, he is not able to see beyond the point that it would be wrong to kill Marc Antony simply because he was a close friend of Caesar. He saw that in his ideal world Marc Antony would not have to be killed, instead Antony could play an instrumental part in convincing the Roman people that the killing of Caesar was necessary. But in reality Brutus had been warned multiple times by Cassius that Marc Antony should be killed or at least not allowed to speak. Cassius tries to explain to Brutus that Marc Antony, if allowed to speak to the Roman public, could wreak havoc to an already volatile situation but because of his strong ideals and beliefs Brutus was left unmoved. This vividly illustrates that idealism can seriously hinder our abilities to think forward and significantly decreases our potential as human beings.
Idealism is easily manipulated to further one’s own agenda and self centered views. With the objective of convincing a man to turn his back on his friend, Cassius focuses on two specific strategies. First to prompt Brutus’ sense of civic responsibility and to weaken Brutus’ devotion to Caesar. First, Cassius uses devices such as contradiction and dramatic comparisons. He points out Caesars shortcomings and contrasts him to fellow men, showing no difference between Caesar and ordinary men in comparison. This implies that Caesar is just as likely to become corrupted with power, despite him being treated as a god. One example of this is Cassius’ constant comparing Caesar with Brutus. “ “Brutus” and “Caesar”—what should be in that/ “Caesar”? Why should that name be sounded more than/ yours?”(23). He forces Brutus to question whether such ordinary and weak men deserve to hold such power, well continually flattering Brutus. Once Brutus starts to believe that Caesar doesn’t actually have the kind of power that is implied, he starts thinking that Caesar is actually not fit to lead. In reality Cassius is jealous of Caesar’s power and even the close relationship that Brutus and Caesar have. Cassius always wanted to be part of Caesars inner circle and be part of the process as well, this never actually happened though and Cassius sought revenge in the form of breaking the relationship between Brutus and Caesar as well as seize all of Caesar’s power. Cassius is using Brutus to pursue his personal vendetta and Brutus has fallen into his trap. Cassius is aware that knowing the audience is essential to successfully persuading. When Brutus uses the word honor twice in eight lines, emphasizing the weight he places on honor. Cassius quickly takes advantage of this. “I know that virtue to be in you, Brutus,/ As well as I do know your outward favor./ Well, honor is the subject of my story.” He also emphasizes other words that Brutus resonates with, such as “free” and “Rome” as Brutus is a patriot and is willing to do anything for his country.
Julius Caesar in Shakespeare’s play “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar”
Shakespeare’s play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Julius Caesar is really close to having total control by becoming the emperor of Rome. However, when he thinks he is so close to getting away with it, his so called friends (most of them are from the senate) decide to overthrow him, along with Caesar’s best friend, Marcus Brutus, who act as a leader of the conspirators. Though the fall of Caesar from an extremely powerful and respected man to a man who’s been betrayed and stabbed twenty three times in the back and dies is a big step down, however he is not the tragic hero of this ever so tragic play..
Brutus is considered the tragic hero of this play because he was faced with major conflicts, he was stuck between choosing his loyalty to Caesar, or his loyalty to Rome. Brutus decides to stay loyal to Rome because even though his connection with Caesar is strong, his connection with the people of Rome is stronger. After Brutus killed Caesar he goes onto say …Not that I lov’d Caesar less, but that I lov’d Rome more. (3.2.15) This shows that Brutus is willing to do anything for the empire that he is extremely loyal to, even if it means the death of his friend is on his hands. Brutus has support from the people of Rome and does not want them to lose their power because of Caesar. Because people who strongly dislike Caesar (The conspirators and people from the senate) know about Brutus’ loyalty to his empire, they are able to take advantage of him and convince him to go along with their plan to kill Caesar.Brutus chooses to go along with their plan because he believes it is what is best for Rome.
However, some people claim that Caesar is the tragic hero. The reason for this is not the fact that he is the leader (well that might have something to do with it), but people say this because Caesar is of noble stature when Caesar is offered a crown from Antony he refuses it three times while the people of Rome watch, Aye marry was’t, and he put it by thrice, every time gentler than the others, and every putting-by mine honest neighbors shouted (1.2.225). The People of Rome see this as respectful and noble. People also claim this because Caesars downfall was caused by injustice. Brutus still remains the tragic hero. He stayed loyal to his empire no matter the cost, he killed his most trusted friend just so the Roman people could be free. If that does not prove someone is a hero I do not know what will. Brutus also killed himself out of guilt from killing Caesar.
As proven, Brutus is clearly the tragic hero of this play. He was constantly faced with choosing who he has to stay loyal to. He does what he thinks is best for his country therefore making him a hero. Brutus consistently shows his loyalty to Rome and Rome’s people, he wants what is best for them no matter the cost. Maybe next time you read a book you should see who the real tragic hero is. It just might surprise you. It might be the person you least expected it to be.
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“The Tragedy of Julius Caesar” by William Shakespeare
In the play “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar”, Antony is viewed as loyal to Caesar and honors his life by giving a speech to all of Rome at his funeral. His task of convincing the Romans that his death is unjustified is complicated by the compelling speech Brutus has just made about why it is justified. Nevertheless, Antony’s speech results in success due to his use of antithesis and gruesome diction.
In his funeral speech, Mark Antony uses antithesis to disprove Brutus’ justification of murdering Caesar. At the funeral, Antony is speaking to the citizens of Rome and reminding them of the good Caesar had accomplished before his death. He reminds them of how “When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept: Ambition should be made of sterner stuff: Yet Brutus says he was ambitious” (Shakespeare, 90-94). This quote exemplifies how Caesar empathizes with the people of Rome and genuinely wants to improve their lives. Contrasting this against Brutus’ claim challenges its credibility by providing evidence against it. Antony also states that he “thrice presented him a kingly crown, which he thrice did refuse… Yet Brutus says he was ambitious” (Shakespeare, 95-99). Here, Antony specifies that Caesar refused to be crowned not once, but three times (“thrice”). Turning it down three times shows he denied it willfully, not to appear humble. Many leaders with selfish intentions are careful to hide them and do or say things to appear like they are ruling “for the good of the people.”
A leader like this may say no when first asked to be crowned, in order to maintain their selfless image, but would eventually give in to their craving for power. Having been asked three times and still saying no proves that Caesar genuinely meant it and would do what is in Rome’s best interest, even when the Romans themselves wanted him to be king. Antony shows the invalidity of Brutus’s claim by demonstrating how even when given the opportunity of greater power, Caesar did not take take advantage of it. Though the Romans initially support the assassination of Caesar after hearing Brutus’ speech, Antony is successful in refuting his justification of it and thereby convincing the Romans that Caesar’s murder was unwarranted and tragic.
Antony also utilizes gruesome diction to evoke emotion from the citizens of Rome. He presents vivid descriptions of Caesar’s murder, using phrases such as “ran Cassius’ dagger through” (168-169), “the blood of Caesar followed…rushing” (171-173), and “all the while ran blood” (183). By having such vivid, gory words placed in their minds, the citizens of Rome begin to sympathize with Caesar and thereby become angry about his murder. Later into his speech when announcing he is holding Caesar’s will, Antony says that if he read it aloud, “the commons…would go and kiss Caesar’s dead wounds and dip their napkins in his sacred blood” (128-135). Antony specifically focuses on how the citizens themselves would react if they heard Caesar’s will, which makes Caesar’s death feel like a personal offence to them. He also uses gruesome word choice, which tends to evoke strong emotions such as disturbance and sadness. By using words that bring out these emotions in the Roman citizens, he makes them feel as if they should be sorrowful about his death, and moreover, that anyone who doesn’t feel sorrowful about it is lacking in moral character.
Mark Antony’s speech was effective in persuading the Romans that the conspirators should not have killed Caesar because he confuted any reason they would have to defend it. His impact on the citizens not only changed their view on Caesar’s death, but determined the course of the play and the fate of Rome. If Antony doesn’t given his speech after Brutus gives his, the Romans will continue to support Brutus and the other conspirators, giving them power. However, after hearing Antony speak, they declare mutiny against the conspirators and begin a riot, which starts a civil war. The potential for one speech to be so impactful on a whole city exhibits how words alone can change the course of history.
Concept of Fate In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
Fate is inevitable, unavoidable, and ultimately ends in death. In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, multiple characters experience a deadly fate, but it is not completely unavoidable. People also have control of their own lives and the ability to make decisions, affecting them and others. Shakespeare uses characters in this play to illustrate the theme of fate and to project how easily it can be tampered with. Fate, as a theme in this play, is involved in many of the characters’ lives. Fate is dependent on a person’s actions.
Julius Caesar is a character who inflicts death upon himself. Caesar ruled in the triumvirate with two powerful men, and when it came crashing down, Caesar was the only one lucky enough to stay alive. He had been involved in the death of another member, Pompey, whom was loved by the Romans: O you hard hearts, you cruel men of Rome, Knew you not Pompey? (1:1:38-39). Caesar is now taking Pompey’s place, and was being celebrated, when he killed the people’s ruler. If Caesar hadn’t been so ambitious for power, he wouldn’t have gone into battle with Pompey and ultimately taken the throne from him. Then, when he is awarded with the power, he turned down the crown three times to seem humble, He put it by thrice, every time gentler than other; and at every putting by mine honest neighbors shouted (1:2:228-230). Most people still applauded him, but others saw his bluff. If Caesar wouldn’t have been as greedy for the power, he would have been alive at the end of the play. The reader sees Caesar’s downfall play out. After killing a respected member of the government and taking over, there is bound to be criticism. The senators begin to turn on Caesar, just like he does against Pompey.
All the senators join to justly plot the murder of Caesar, but they don’t complete it without consequences. Brutus, a well-respected man of Rome, believed in the mission to put Caesar to rest, And therefore think him of a servant’s egg Which hatched, would as his king grow mischievous, And kill him in the shell (2:1:32-34). The conspirators do not feel as though Caesar is trustworthy as a ruler; he did turn on Pompey. The belief is that Rome will be a much better place if Caesar is not part of it. Some conspirators had other reasons, on top of Caesar being selfish and greedy, that led them to participate in killing Julius Caesar. For example, Metellus Cimber, a conspirator, asks Caesar one last time before he dies, to let his brother come back: Is there no voice more worthy than my own, to sound more sweetly in great Caesar’s ear For the repealing of my banished brother? (3:1:49-51). Caesar had banished his brother from Rome prior to the setting of the play and Metellus seems to hold a grudge about it throughout the plot. Caesar is put to death in order to prove a point that Rome and its’ citizens would be better off without a ruler like him. Participating in the murder soon comes back to haunt each conspirator and lead to the formation of their own fates.
The conspirators all face the repercussions for their actions. Brutus allowed Antony to speak at Caesar’s funeral. This was a big mistake. He uses sarcasm to address the conspirators as being honorable throughout his speech. By rallying the citizens up, together with Antony they can riot against each of the conspirators. They even go so far as to kill an innocent man with the same name as Cinna, Cinna the poet. A group of citizens carry Cinna the poet off the stage and one can only imagine what they would do to a real conspirator: Tear him! Tear him! (They attack him) Come, brands, ho! To Brutus’, to Cassius’! Burn all! Some to Decius’ house, and some to Casca’s; some to Ligarius’! (3:3:35-38). The people are finally giving all the senators what they believe is just. Brutus should have listened to Cassius and decided not to let Antony speak because now every Roman citizen wants the conspirators dead, and all eventually face that. Brutus could have saved himself by refusing to join in the first place, they all could have. But all of them participated and must deal with the consequences. Before the battle begins, Brutus tells Cassius, But this same day Must end that work the ides of March begun (5:1:112-113). The conspirators completed their mission on the 15th of March, and then their fates were altered. Caesar made decisions and acted in ways that formed his fate; the Conspirators should have seen their death coming.
Life is full of choices, each choice that is made contributes to a person’s fate. Caesar killed Pompey and was a selfish ruler, for his short time in power. The conspirators saw the truth in this and decided to act on Caesar’s bad ruling capabilities. But, by killing Caesar, they too changed their own fates. Any little action made by a person can be remembered and held against them. What someone thinks is unfair or just may not appear that way to everyone. It only takes one small decision to change a person’s fate. Keep in mind every time a decision is going to be made, that people will remember it.
Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar Research Assignment
Queen Elizabeth I: Queen Elizabeth was Queen of England from 1558-1603. The era she reigned in is know as England’s golden age because of the reformation taking place. She had an unpleasant childhood and as a result it affected some of the decisions she made while on the throne.
A few of her more remarkable accomplishments are the Elizabethan Religious Settlement, and the defeat of the great spanish armada. The previous Kings had made many changes in religion, the Elizabethan Religious Settlement was The Queen’s way of bringing the country together. Queen Elizabeth was known for giving amazing speeches. Queen Elizabeth died at the age of 69 years old. Her legacy has lasted longer than she could’ve ever imagined (Elizabeth I). Renaissance England: Renaissance is by definition the rebirth of art, education and culture.
The English Renaissance occurred at the end of the middle ages. The middle ages wa a time of destruction, a learning decline. Girolamo was a religious leader during the renaissance that believed if the citizens of corrupt cities prayed, they could be redeemed. Artist during this period often painted the human body, stressing the beauty of the human body. The most important aspect of the renaissance is humanism. Humanism combines human actions and feelings with religion. The most important branch of learning during the Renaissance was theology. Simply put theology is the study of God (Hawkins).
William Shakespeare: William Shakespeare was born April 26th, 1564 and died April 23rd 1616.
He is considered by many to be the greatest dramatist of all time. Shakespeare wrote many plays, some of the more well known plays are Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Julius Caesar. Shakespeare’s plays were performed in a theatre called the Globe Theatre. The Globe burned down in 1613, and was rebuilt by 1614. Shakespeare was also apart of a company called Lord Chamberlain’s Men (William). Lord Chamberlain’s men put on several plays, and often times Queen Elizabeth herself would come to watch. Lord Chamberlain’s men was the most dominant theatre company in England during the Elizabethan era (Lord).
ROME: Julius Caesar: Julius Caesar was born July 12th 100 BCE and died March 14th 44 BCE. He was alive during the time the Roman Empire was in power. He was from a Patrician, or upper class family. He rose to power as part of a triumvirate, but Crassus was killed in battle and he defeated Pompey in a series of civil wars. Julius Caesar declared himself a dictator for life. While he was in power he passed many law and changed policies on issues such as tax collection. Julius Caesar was murdered by Roman Senators. In that time period emperor assassinations were common and expected (Julius). Ancient Rome Rule: Before the Romans took power, the Etruscans were in control. In 509 BCE the Romans overthrew the Etruscans and established the Roman Republic. In the Republic citizens elect officials, then the officials vote. The Roman Republic lasted until 27 BC when the Roman Republic became the Roman Empire. The first triumvirate that was in power was Caesar, Crassus, and Pompey. Crassus was killed in battle, Pompey was killed by Julius Caesar in a series of civil wars, and Caesar was murdered by a group of Roman senators.
After the murder of Caesar, Octavian, Julius Caesar’s heir, rose to power. He was apart of the second triumvirate which consisted of him, Marc Antony and Lepidus. The second triumvirate split up because Lepidus was exiled, then it was a power struggle between Marc Antony and Octavian (Ancient). Religion/Superstitions: The legendary founders of Rome were Remus and Romulus. Remus and Romulus were supposed to be drowned in the Tiber River, but they survived. Faustulus and his wife saved them and raised them to be strong boys. They ended up killing Amulius and giving their grandfather his throne back. Romulus killed his brother when he attempted to jump over his wall. Romulus now had all the power, he grew his city by allowing criminals to come and live there. He also kidnapped Women and forced them to marry in. Many people believed Romulus was a Gd after he disappeared in a storm ( Romulus). Lupercalia was a festival held each year on February 15th. It celebrated Romulus and Remus, as well as fertility (Luperalia).
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