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Copy of Intro to Julius Caesar

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Dena Leshner

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Julius Caesar An Intro Caesar, Dictator for Life Reading the Play Rhetorical Devices Video Why did people like him? The death of Caesar The Beginning Tragedy Examples Dramatic Conventions Shakespearean Tragedy A tragedy is a drama in which a series of actions leads to the downfall of the main character, the tragic hero Dramatic irony
The audience knows more than one of the characters
builds suspense "If I aught toward the general good,
set honor in one eye and death i'the other,
And I will look on both indifferently
For let the gods so speed me as I love
The name of honor more than I fear death." (Brutus, 85-87) Caesar started out as a Roman General
Appointed by his friend Pompey to the consul (Roman senate)
Rome was technically a republic (the people have control) but Caesar, Crassus, and Pompey formed a Triumvirate that ruled Rome through the military in 66 BC
Caesar continued conquering other parts of the world which made Pompey fear his power. Pompey petitioned that Caesar be removed from the consul which started a civil war that Caesar won.
After defeating Pompey and his sons, Caesar is named Dictator For Life.
This is where the play starts in 44 B.C. He brought lots of wealth to Rome from his conquests.
The plebians (lowest class) thought he was charismatic, and a brilliant general.
There was a large disconnect between the Senate and the people of Rome While the plebians loved him, the senate did not.
He was assassinated March 15, 44 BC
Soon after his death, his successors, Ocatvian and Marc Anthony lead Rome into ANOTHER civil war. http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid711168620001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAApYJinmk~,-2yaQMCmIGHNPLdUv8PWJjTAMfFfw-ru&bctid=782512226001 Repetition: The use of words and phrases more than once to emphasize ideas
"Therein, ye gods, you make the weak most strong
Therein, ye gods, you tyrants do defeat" Archetypes: familiar character types that appear over and over in literature Qualities of a tragic hero:
A person of high social rank
Has a tragic flaw that leads to downfall.
Suffers complete ruin or death
Faces downfall with courage and dignity Can you find this character type in modern society? Soliloquy
a speech given alone on stage.
used to reveal private thoughts and feelings Aside
Characters remark on stage that no one else is supposed to hear "It is the bright day that brings forth the adder,
And that craves wary walking. Crown him that,
And then I grant we put a sting in him
That at his will he may do danger with." (Brutus, 14-17) Parallelism: The repetition of grammatical structures to express ideas that are related or of equal importance
"Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more" Rhetorical Questions: Require no answer to make the speaker's rightness seem self-evident
"Wherein hath Caesar thus deserved your loves?
Alas, you know not! Reading Shakespeare Study the Character list
Look to the stage directions, dialogues, and synopsis at the beginning of each scene.
Foreshadowing: gives a clue to what will happen later. Keep track of examples!
Look at scenes individually, but also as a part to a whole.
Remember the Historical background!
USE THE SIDENOTES, CONTEXT CLUES, AND WORD LISTS Wait what? Dictator? So WHY did Shakespeare write about him? The play was believed to be written in 1599. Queen Elizabeth I who held ultimate power within the country was getting older and many were afraid what would transpire after her death.
Base on a biography from Plutarch and for the most part historically sound. Monologue
Lengthy speech addressed to other characters.
May or may not reveal character's true feelings. Whats happening in Rome The city is collapsing despite the expansion of the empire
Sharp class divisions. Strong generals, weak senate.
People view the senate as unable to accomplish anything.
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