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William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar Essay

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William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

Shakespeare in the Elizabethan times was one of the most famous
play-writers of all time. In the year 1599 Shakespeare wrote a play
called Julius Caesar.

In the play people think that Julius Caesar is becoming powerful. The
play is about the conspiracy of the dictator Julius Caesar. Julius
Caesar trusted too many people and in turn they think he has become
too powerful.

Caesar is the main character throughout the play and dies half way
through the play. Despite this, the rest of the play is about the
consequences of his death which makes him the main character
throughout the play.

There are quite a few themes that put the play together. Some of these
are courage, Ritual, order, fate, honour, friendship and betrayal.

The betrayal of Julius Caesar by Brutus is one of the most famous,
when Brutus joined Cassius to kill his own friend Caesar. The first
signs of suspicion and betrayal to Caesar were in Act 1, Sc 2, lines
191-213. In lines 194-194, Caesar says

“Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look. He thinks too much. Such men
are dangerous.”

This shows Caesar judged Cassius correctly as Cassius was plotting and
“thinking too much.”

However Caesar seemed unaware of the threat from the other
conspirators, all of which claimed to be his friend, which meant
Caesar placed his trust in them. This was to lead to his downfall.

Friendship is also a central theme in the play. Brutus who became one
of the conspirators even refers to the dead Caesar as his “best
lover.” (Act 3, Scene 2.)

When Caesar tells Anthony how Cassius is “lean and hungry.” Anthony
says that Cassius is a “noble Roman” and can be trusted which means
Anthony trusts Cassius. (Act 1, Scene 2, lines 197-198.)

“Fear him not Caesar he’s not dangerous. He is a noble roman, and
well given.”

By Anthony defending Cassius character, it shows that they considered
Cassius to be their close friend, and Caesar trusted Anthony a lot, to
take his advice. It shows their extremely strong friendship.

Shakespeare makes sure we see glimpses of courage in all the main
characters and many of the minor ones. This is emphasized in Act 1,
Scene 3, lines 57-9.

“You are dull, Casca, and those sparks of...

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