Conflicting Perspective Julius Caesar And The Pianist

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The composers of texts, Julius Caesar and The Pianist, use acts of representations to construct credible viewpoints that are conveyed to the audience in a certain event displayed in the texts. This is seen in the text, Julius Caesar, by the portrayal of events including the Oration and Calpurnia’s Dream. This notion is made evident to the Elizabethan audience in the Representation process and these devices are utilized to show the viewpoints based primarily on actions vs. intentions and the nature of manipulation. The composer of Pianist appeals to the appropriate audience by the use of several acts of representation customised to instil a viewpoint about the context and bring forth the perspectives on fate and free will.

Shakespeare deliberately develops reliable perspectives by the use of numerous acts of representation, diffusing his message across to the Elizabethan Audience. The text was intentionally produced as a play to relate to the Elizabethan Audience and the context, and therefore evoke further responses to the text. In the play, he specifically employs the Scenes of Oration and Calpurnia’s Dream based on the context, audience and the characterization, which exploit the nature of manipulation and actions vs. intentions. In the Oration scene, the application of rhetoric was common as seen from the crowd’s response from both Antony and Brutus speeches. However in Brutus speech, logos was primarily used to explore the key viewpoint of action vs. intention. This is seen by the statement by Brutus to the plebeians, ‘not that I loved Caesar less, but I loved Rome More. Had you rather Caesar were living, and die all slaves, than that Caesar were dead, to live all free men? As Caesar loved me, I weep for him, as he was valiant, I honour him, but as he was ambitious I slew him’. This rhetor utilizes devices, including, parallelism and antithesis as well as rhetoric to convey to the plebeians that his intentions were for the wellbeing of Roman Republic however his actions suggested otherwise when he ‘brutally’ stabbed Caesar. The tragic flaw of Brutus as shown by Shakespeare is being unable to conceive the manner in which his actions will impact the views of plebeians about his intentions. Shakespeare, by this demonstrates to Elizabethan audience the prospect of how intentions can be defined by the actions and possibly being able to challenge, undermine, or reinforce their beliefs. Antony acts as a key rhetor and a cynical opportunist to exemplify the nature of manipulation and how it can be augmented to contain the aspects of actions VS intentions that avert the negative ramifications of the event. This is seen by the use of Ironic anaphora ‘For Brutus is an honourable man and so are they all, all honourable men’, and the consecutive use of logos, personification of ambition, rhetorical question and pathos in the quote’ When the Poor hath cried Caesar hath wept, Ambition should be made of sterner stuff, yet Brutus says he was...

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