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Transcript of Julius Caesar
In this quote Caesar is directly comparing himself to the Northern Star. The Northern Star never changes, and always appears in the north. He is saying that, like the Northern Star, he will never change his opinion. This is ironic, because Decius was easily able to convince him to change his opinion on Calphurnia's dream to get him to come to the Senate house, where his murderers were waiting for him.
You blocks, you stones, you worse than senseless things!- Marullus, page 9 (act 1 scene 1)
In this quote, Marullus is comparing the citizens in the square (who are celebrating Caesar's victory) to stones and blocks. Because stones and blocks are inanimate, they can not think, and Marullus is saying that the citizens can't think either. This is the first hint of the citizens' love for Caesar, and the citizens' ability to have their opinions swayed. This can be seen again later during Antony's speech in act 3, in which the citizens are convinced to attack Caesar's killers.
No, Caesar hath it not; but you and I, and honest Casca, we have the falling sickness-Cassius, page 29 (act 1 scene 2)
Cassius says this after Brutus says that Caesar has the falling sickness (epilepsy). He is comparing Caesar's epilepsy (which causes him to fall) to how he is going to make Rome fall. He is saying that, as long as Caesar is in power, Rome will have epilepsy, and will fall.
Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste death but once.- Caesar, page 77 (act 2 scene 2)
In this quote, Caesar is comparing death to shame. He is saying that cowards will be shamed, disgraced and dishonored many times in their lives, and is saying that these things can ruin peoples' lives. He says that cowards cause themselves to "die", however valiant men will never be shamed, and they will only "die" once, when they truly die.
What are metaphors ?
I am constant as the Northern Star- Caesar, page 97 (act 3 scene 1)
Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed- Cassius, page 23 (act 1 scene 2)
Metaphors are the comparison of two things, without the use of the word "like". They can be either direct, stating the two things being compared, or abstract, using words to imply the comparison. They can be used to describe a situation more in depth, by relating to something people can understand. They can also be used to create more abstract literature.Metaphors can be used to create multiple effects. They can be used to create irony, trust, symbolism or just to prove a point. Metaphor can be used for multiple things. For example, "Ethan is as sharp as a knife" or "Nick is as happy as a lark" are metaphors. You will see some more examples of metaphors in the upcoming presentation...
Metaphors in Julius Caesar
In this quote, Cassius is comparing the citizens of Rome to meat and Caesar to a carnivore. He is saying that Caesar is going to take advantage of the citizens, or "feed" upon them. He is also saying that Caesar is cruel and vicious, as carnivores are.
In Julius Caesar, metaphors are used to describe situations and create irony. Both direct and abstract kinds of metaphors are used. In some situations, metaphors are used to describe a character's feelings, such as when Marullus calls the people "blocks", or when Cassius calls the Romans lambs in Act 1 scene 3. Metaphors are used to create irony in situations such as Caesar's quote about being constant as the North Star. Cassius' "falling sickness" quote is also ironic because he is saying Caesar will bring ruin to Rome, and they end up bringing their own deaths.Metaphors can also be used to compare different things. Caesar's quote about shame and death contrasts the two different events. Or how Cassius compares Rome to meat and Caesar to wolves, showing how different symbols can have similar meanings.
The Northern Star is said to be the brightest star in the sky. It always appears in the same spot, to the north. As it never appears to move, Caesar says he will never "move" either, and he will always remain in the same position.
The deer in this picture represents Rome, and the wolves represent Caesar. Cassius says that Caesar will "feed upon", or take unfair advantage of Rome, as predators kill their prey so they can benefit from it.
If Minecraft had been invented in Shakespeare's time, this may have been a compliment. Unfortunately, Marullus was insulting the people instead. As these stone blocks (covers both his insults!) can not think, he is saying the people can't think either.
Cassius is saying that, as Caesar falls because he has epilepsy, Rome will fall as well under his rule. This collapsing building represents the "falling sickness" that Cassius says Rome has, and how Cassius says this "falling sickness" that Caesar has brought upon Rome will cause it to fall.
This is a diagram of the brain of someone with epilepsy. This represents Caesar's "falling sickness". Cassius uses Epilepsy (the "falling sickness") as a metaphor for how Caesar will cause Rome to fall.
This represents how Cassius compares Rome to meat. The symbol on the right is a Roman symbol. Meat is food, and food is consumed by animals to gain energy. Cassius says that Caesar will "consume" Rome to gain benefit for himself.
This is the symbol for brainwashing. It represents the topic of persuasion that comes up frequently in Julius Caesar. Throughout the book, the characters convince other people to do their bidding for their own personal benefit. In this quote, Marullus is working to persuade the people to believe that Caesar will become a bad ruler.
This is a shooting star. Caesar says he is "constant" as the North Star, but really was as constant as a shooting star. Shooting stars move across the sky, which represents how Caesar was persuaded easily into falling into a trap just before he says this quote. He "moved" like a shooting star, but claimed he would never "move".
This is a picture of a monkey covering its face to represent shame. Caesar says that cowards "die", or be shamed many times before their death. This implies that Caesar thinks that shame is sometimes worse than dying, which foreshadows the end of the book. At the end, Brutus kills himself to avoid being shamed by being killed by Octavius and Antony. Had he not killed himself, he would have died twice, once when he let himself be defeated and again when he actually died.
This is the Angel of Death, also known as the Grim Reaper. This creature is used as a symbol of death. It represents how Caesar says that cowards "die" many times before their deaths.