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Anachronisms in Julius caesar
Transcript of Anachronisms in Julius caesar
Julius Caesar Julius Caesar displays several anachronisms of dress Experience #1 characters are described wearing Elizabethan garments such as nightcaps and doublets By now you probably know the deal: But with careful analysis one can create their own speculations. Thank you! Donors Astronomy In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Shakespeare writes the following lines:
Brutus: Peace! Count the clock.
Cassius: The clock has stricken three (Act II, scene i, lines 193-94). The striking clock in 'Julius Caesar' For example... if not consider going more in-depth about your 1st life change The year was 44 AD, and there were no mechanical clocks at the time of Julius Caesar but were present in Shakespeare's times (when the play was written) Some people have erroneously identified anachronisms in Shakespeare's works as 'mistakes.'
close reading of the plays will help the reader to understand the point he is making An anachronism is.... an error in chronology in which an event, person, object, or language expression is assigned a date or period other than the correct one The term is originally from the Greek anakhronismos formed by combining ana, which means “back or backwards,” and khronos, which means “time.” So why did Shakespeare deliberately use anachronisms in his plays? Shakespeare used anachronisms to underline dramatic points if applicable What you learned and gained from the experience that can be applied professionally Example #1 Example #2 Example #1 Duty #2 Accomplishment #3 Further detail if necessary...small FYI to the hiring manager reading this Image or text that conveys work experience or example of professional growth that relates to your Major Life Change Image or text that conveys work experience or example of professional growth that relates to your Major Life Change Anachronisms in explained and identified EMILY BULEA PERIOD 2 Thus, anachronism is basically an error in chronology or timeline in a piece of art or literature In some cases, anachronism is unintentional and is classified as a mistake However, in certain cases, it is also classified as an intentional engineering within the timeline that adds more effect to the work Accidental or Intentional? Which bring us to the question:
Are the numerous anachronisms found in Shakespeare's plays intentional? Or are they mistakes? In doing this he would also
-make temporally distant events and characters easier for Elizabethan audiences to relate to
- create his own sense of reality within the circle of the Globe theater Elizabethan theater often intentionally used anachronism in its costuming From surviving illustrations, the acting companies in Elizabethan England appeared to deliberately create anachronisms in their costumes
Some actors would dress in current Elizabethan garb, others in garb that was a few decades out of date, and others wore pseudo-historical costumes from past-centuries--all within a single scene or play This is possibly the best known anachronism in all of Shakespeare's plays Why Shakespeare included this anachronism The scene is set in Brutus' garden, when the conspirators arrive before three o' clock in the morning to discuss plans for Caesar's assassination
In the middle of their plotting, a clock strikes three
As clocks did not exist in the Roman era the time would be indicated by sundials
That particular type of clock would not be invented until 1,400 years after Caesar's death *There must have been a sound dramatic reason for including this offstage device this could be to signal the countdown and eerie reminder of Caesar's mortality during the conspirators' plan to assassinate Caesar
the striking of the clock could be a parallel of the passages in the Gospels when Jesus tells Peter he will deny him three times before the cock crows
Brutus is betraying his friend just as Peter had betrayed Jesus
In Shakespeare's time, this parallel would certainly have occurred to members of the audience
Another, more practical, reason for the striking clock is to foreground the timescale
Brutus only decides to join the conspirators at the last minute, which shows his reluctance
Could have been unintentional Some speculate that.. "Casca: Marry, before he fell down, when he perceived the common herd was glad he refused the crown, he plucked me ope his doublet and offered them his throat to cut" (Julius Caesar, act I, scene ii, lines 263-266) When Caesar lived, people did not wear doublets (a kind of close-fitting jacket worn in the Elizabethan era) "...and still as he refused it, the rabblement hooted, and clapped their chopt hands, and threw up their sweaty nightcaps, and uttered such a deal of stink- ing breath because Caesar refused the crown, that it had, almost, choked Caesar; for he swounded and fell down at it" (Act I, scene ii, lines 243-248) Nightcaps were Elizabethan garments, not worn during that time period Presumably it saved money on costumes for actors to perform in modern dress. Books Brutus says: "Let me see, let me see; is not the leaf turned down/ Where I left reading? Here it is, I think" (Julius Caesar, act IV, scene iii, lines 272-273). Books with turning pages hadn't been invented yet; the Romans used scrolls, which meant Brutus couldn't have folded a page to mark his place. "...But I am as constant as the Northern Star, Of whose true-fixed and resting quality There is no fellow in the firmament" (Julius Caesar, act III, scene i, lines 60-62). In Caesar's time, Polaris, the Northern Star, would have not been fixed or very near to true north
Therefore, this statement is an anachronism. It is unknown whether Shakespeare's use of anachronisms in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar exemplify
-intentional use of chronological inconsistencies as a literary device
- unintentional errors made due to a lack of knowledge