Who’s Play Is This? Caesar’s, Or Brutus’?

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The play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare was written about the conspiracy against and murder of Julius Caesar. However, the themes and the scenes of the play seemed to revolve less around Julius and more around another of the play's main characters: Brutus, Caesar's friend.Although Caesar is a major element in the plot, he's not the main focus of the play. When considering actual presence on stage, Caesar comes up lacking. His murder is in the third of five acts in the play. He does not appear in two acts, and his appearance in the other three is minimal; this is unusual for a main character. The plot also excludes Caesar from the play. In the story, Julius is the one being conspired against. He is completely oblivious to the idea that his friends may not all be his friends, and that they may not be content with him gaining power. The conspiracy worked completely behind his back, meaning the story could, and did, work around him. One more aspect was that he was a pitiful character. He bragged about how he made his decisions wisely and could not be influenced one way or another. He was resolute about going to the city to be crowned king, however, when Calpurnia asked him to stay home he did. Then Caius Ligarius convinced Caesar to go. With the exception of that scene and his murder, all of his other appearances were simply to advance the plot, not to develop any character.In contrast, many of the pivotal scenes of the play involve Brutus. His appearances in most of the play's scenes make it his play, rather than Caesar's. He plays a crucial role in many of the scenes, especially the important ones, like the murder and funeral. Some certain scenes are entirely about him, for example, his scene in which he debates whether he should join the conspiracy. His mental turmoil...

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