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Melissa Tucker

on 27 January 2014

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Transcript of Caesar_BuildBackground

What is historical fiction?
Actual people, places & events
Creative liberties
Shakespeare's "Caesar":
Historical fiction

Why is this important?
Readers have to sift through facts & author's bias toward events.
Implied meaning with information that is included as well as excluded.
What do we know about Shakespeare's style?
What can readers expect?
Lots of symbolism
Universal concepts
Rhetorical devices
What do we know about Shakespearean plots?
How does it all come together?
Shakespeare uses both internal & external conflicts.
Life is messy & complicated
Credible characters
Creates connections with audience
What does this look like?

Both the internal & external conflicts use the same background (Act I)
The complications for the external conflict seem exaggerated (Act II)
While the complications for the internal conflict continue until the end (Acts II-V)
The climax for the external conflict, often serves as the exposition for a new external conflict (Act III)
Often contains complications for both internal & resulting external conflicts (Act IV)
In the end, both conflicts resolve (Act V)
So how does Shakespeare make that special?
Endings can be beginnings
Demonstrates how life & people may change
Readers recognize themselves
Live & learn vicariously
Shakespeare creates believable characters who deal with everyday issues
Direct & indirect characterization
Tragic flaws
Character foils
How can readers benefit from Shakespeare's plays?
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