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Tragedy of Julius Caesar broken down

Key concepts and ideas on the play "The Tragedy of Julius Caesar".

Adam Burke

on 20 March 2011

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The Tragedy of Julius Caesar Order of events Who SaID WHAT and Why? mapping it out Shakespeare &
Globe Theatre SOOTHSAYER
Beware the ides of March.
Soothsayer gives a warning to Caesar of upcoming
danger. * Et tu, Brute? Then fall, Caesar. CAESAR _ * Caesar is suprised to find out that Brutus is taking part in his
assassination. _ If there be any in this assembly, any dear friend of
Caesar's, to him I say, that Brutus' love to Caesar
was no less than his. If then that friend demand
why Brutus rose against Caesar, this is my answer:
--Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved
Rome more.
BRUTUS * Brutus explains to the Romans that he killed Caesar for the
better of Rome. _ ANTONY
This was the noblest Roman of them all:
All the conspirators save only he
Did that they did in envy of great Caesar;
He only, in a general honest thought
And common good to all, made one of them.
* Antony says that Brutus was the only conspirator that had good
intentions for Rome when he killed Caesar. _ CAESAR
Let me have men about me that are fat,
Sleek-headed men, and such as sleep o' nights:
Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look;
He thinks too much; such men are dangerous.
Caesar is cautious of Cassius because he has a hungry look
about him, and he is well educated. _ * BRUTUS
Stoop, Romans, stoop,
And let us bathe our hands in Caesar's blood
Up to the elbows, and besmear our swords;
Then walk we forth, even to the marketplace,
And waving our red weapons o'er our heads,
Let's all cry, "Peace, freedom, and liberty!" (3.1.11)
Brutus suggests this to let the people of Rome know
who killed Ceasar and that they are now free of a dictator. * _ CAESAR
I could be well moved, if I were as you;
If I could pray to move, prayers would move me;
But I am constant as the northern star,
Of whose true-fix'd and resting quality
There is no fellow in the firmament.
The skies are painted with unnumber'd sparks;
They are all fire and every one doth shine;
But there's but one in all doth hold his place.
So in the world, 'tis furnish'd well with men,
And men are flesh and blood, and apprehensive;
Yet in the number I do know but one
That unassailable holds on his rank,
Unshaked of motion; and that I am he,
Let me a little show it, even in this;
That I was constant Cimber should be banish'd,
And constant do remain to keep him so.
Ceasar explains why he won't unbanish Cimber.
Ceasear says that his word is final and no one
can change his decision because he is constant. * _ BRUTUS
Caesar, now be still:
I kill'd not thee with half so good a will.
Brutus wants Ceasar's spirit to be at peace,
and he shows some regret for killing Caesar. * _ And therefore think him as a serpent's egg
Which, hatch'd, would, as his kind, grow mischievous,
And kill him in the shell.
Brutus Brutus would rather kill Caesar before
he becomes powerful than wait to see
what he could become. Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your
Antony Antony tries to get the crowd's attention. * _ * _ Strike, as thou didst at Caesar; for, I know,
When thou didst hate him worst, thou lovedst him better
Cassius * _ Chaos results when the lawful social order is broken - TRUE . Example : The best intentions of good, noble people can lead to tragedy - True
. Example: Language is a powerful weapon, and in the hands of a skilled person, it can be used to manipulate others - BOTH . Example: TODAY Hitler used his speaking skills to manipulate Germans
into discriminating against Jews. On the other hand, Speakers such as Ghandi used their speaking skills to create non-pregidous environments. Example . : John F. Kennedy created much more chaos and destruction in Japan
than he inticipated when he decided to launch the nuclear bombs. This is currently happening in foreign countries such as Egypt because citizens do not agree with their rulers. Violence and bloodshed can never have morally good results _ BOTH Example: . Causing physical harm to another human being often causes internal damage because of a guilty conscience. Example: . Some people can justify their actions if causing harm to someone is a form of vegence. Orderliness and stable rule, even rule by a dictator, are preferable to chaos _ BOTH Example . : The chaos of the American Revolution had a positive outcome because it led to the formation of the United States. . Example: A country needs some form of organization if it wants to stay together. Baptized on April 26, 1564 at Holy Trinity Church Married Anne Hathwey on November 28, 1582 The exact birth date of Shakespeare is
unknown Shakespeare and his company built two Globe Theatres Shakespeare never published any of his plays Shakespeare's entire family was illiterate In his Last Will, Shakespeare left his
wife his "Second best bed". Burned down in 1613 Was Rebuilt in 1614 on the same foundation with a tiled roof Flavius and Marullus reveal that they oppose Caesar. Cassius tries to side Brutus against Caesar Casca explains how Caesar has refused the crown three times Brutus reveals his fear of Caesar accepting the crown Cassius sends Cinna to place forged notes in Brutus's home Act I Act II Conspirators meet at Brutus's home and he decides to join them Portia wants to know why Brutus has been acting so weird lately. Calpurnia has a nightmare in which Caesar dies and she begs
him to stay home and not go to the Senate Decius persuades Caesar to go and says that the dream is really a good sign The Soothsayer tells Portia that Caesar is in danger and she becomes worried for Brutus The Soothsayer warns Caesar to beware the Ides of March Artemidorous tries to warn Caesar, but is stopped Act III Artemidorous writes Caesar a letter of warning Caesar is killed by the conspirators Brutus tells a crowd of Romans why he had to kill Caesar at the pulpit, and then gives Antony his chance to speak for Caesar. Antony meets with, and gains the trust of the conspirators Antony makes the group of Romans that were initially pulling for Brutus resent Brutus and feel guilty for Caesar Antony shows the group Caesar's body and his Last Will. This makes the group riot and hunt for the conspirators A mob attacks an innocent poet initially because he had the same name as one of the conspirators, but continued because he wrote bad poetry Octavius and Antony plot to kill the conspirators with Lepdius's help Brutus accuses Cassius of having an itching palm, and they have a long arguement Brutus and Cassius make peace and promise to never fight amoungst themselves again Brutus tells Cassius that his wife, Portia, has commited suicide by eating fire because of her sadness for Brutus Brutus decides that his army will march to Philippi to meet Antony and Octavious The ghost of Ceasar notifies Brutus that they will meet at Philippi Act IV Act V Brutus and Cassius meet with Antony and Octavius on the battlefield to exchange insults Brutus orders his men to attack too early Cassius orders Tintinius to see if there are friends at his tent, and when Titinius goes to check, it appears to Pindarus, who is at the top of the hill, that Tintius is captured In his grief from sending Tintinius to his death, Cassius orders Pindarus to kill him in exchange for his freedom From realizing that the battle is lost and Cassius is dead, Brutus orders his men to kill him, but they refuse Finally, Brutus persuades Strato to hold a sword while he runs upon it, and Brutus is no more After finding the dead Brutus, Antony declares Brutus as being the noblest Roman of all the first globe theatre was taken down and rebuilt not far from the origional site after the owner, Giles Allen, refused to re-new the lease. It was re-built with the material stolen from the first theatre. The theatre was closed several times as a result of the bubonic plague No women were allowed to work as actors Flags were used to advertise the theme of the play that were to be shown that day: Black: tradgedy
White: Comedy
Red: Historic play The theatre was used for gambling and immoral purposes Philippi Senate House of Brutus House of Cassius Caesar's villa Pulpit Rome By: Adam and drew Burke Sardis (March 15- April 15) (April 15- ) (March 15) (March 14) (February 15, 44 A.D) CASSIUS * _ Cassius means that men are masters of their own fate and he does not believe in superstition. Men at sometimes are masters of their fates; The fault dear Brutus is not in our stars but in ourselves, that we are underlings
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