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In fact, he was the leader of the conspirators against him,
though he was thought to be Caesar's best friend. He claims
that his death was justified because it was a noble act. After killing Caesar, Brutus makes a speech that tells the people of Rome that Caesar was killed for the good of Rome. The people quickly jump sides over to Brutus after his speech. Mark Antony It is said that Mark Antony is the most complex character in the story. He is constantly changing as the story goes on. After Brutus, Antony makes a speech to the people of Rome. He is given rules as to what he can say in his speech, which he follows but in his own way. Cassius Cassius is known for being deceitful. He is not
happy with the idea of Caesar becoming such an
idol to the Romans. He was the one to give Brutus
the idea of killing Caesar, although he was supposed
to a close friend of Caesar. He convinced Brutus that
Caesar had gained too much power and needed to be put
to death before he causes real damage. Octavius Octavius is Caesar's adopted son. He is always traveling
and was not home when he heard of his father's death.
He comes back home and he goes off to fight Cassius
and Brutus. Antony tries to stop him, but Octavius
follows his father's lead and is a strong ruler. Figurative Language/Definitions Pun:
A play on words. In the beginning of the story, Flavius and Marullus walk the streets and begin to question a commoner on his trade. He replies with the words "a mender of soles." Foreshadowing:
Giving hints of what's to come in the future. Caesar's ghost approaches Brutus and states that he will meet him in Phillipi. This hints that Caesar will show up again, but for what reason? Metaphor:
Comparing two things without using like or as. Marullus shows his opinion on the commoners when he says "You blocks! You stones!" Cassius compares Caesar to a huge statue:
"Like a Colossus, and we petty men." Simile:
Comparing two things using like or as. Themes? Theme 1:
Don't misuse the power you were given. Each ruler shown in the story misused their power and ended up dead. Theme 2:
People are not always who they seem to be. Caesar didn't know that his own best friends would be the ones to kill him. Propaganda Propaganda Bandwagon:
When one follows the crowd. They choose to do/say something because others are doing/saying it. The people of Rome are on Caesar's side after his death, but once they heard Brutus' speech, they switch over to his side. Then, Antony makes his speech and the people of Rome switch sides once again. Personification:
Giving human-like characteristics to non-human objects. Calpurnia says, "Oh, my lord, your confidence eats up your wisdom." Confidence cannot literally eat one's wisdom. She uses this phrase to say that he is too confident to make right decisions. Name Calling:
Using negative terms against one's opponent. Marullus uses name-calling when he says "Wherefore rejoice? What conquest brings he home? What tributaties follow him to Rome." He is picking Caesar by saying he does not deserve to be praised. Speech Analysis Mark Antony is given permission to make a speech in Caesar's honor shortly after Brutus gives his speech. Antony is not allowed to speak negatively about the conspirators against Caesar. He chooses his words carefully, and makes his speech. Antony follows the rules, and doesn't appoint negative phrases towards the conspirators, but he still gets his point across in another way. Explanation to Life Julius Caesar, the play, is very easy to relate to life today. Friends can still "stab you in the back" just as Caesar's friends did to him. People are not always what they seem, and can sometimes be deceitful. Song Analysis This song talks about fake friends and the way they betray others. The song is called Positively 4th Street. It is by Bob Dylan. Poem Analysis Power by Edwina Matthews
To some power is guns
To some power is knifes
To some power is the ability to read, and write.
To some power is control
To some power is a fist
To some like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. power was words.
To some power is like a trapped animal trying to get out of a cage.
To some power is love
To some power is art
To some power is money
To me power is knowledge
So what is power to you? This poem relates to Julius Caesar because all throughout the story, the characters were fighting for power. Julius Caesar himself died because others thought he had too much power. Summary Julius Caesar was thought to be a great and selfless ruler of Rome, by most. Some thought otherwise, and they happened to be Caesar's closest friends. These conspirators worked together to create a plan to kill Caesar before his control became too much. They did so by stabbing him in front of a crowd of people on the 15th of March. Brutus and Antony give speeches in front of the people of Rome. The ghost of Caesar then comes to visit Brutus late at night. They all go off to battle in Phillipi where Brutus asks one of his friends to assist him in committing suicide. He believed that it was his time to go and that it would be best for everyone if were dead. Biography of William Shakespeare William Shakespeare was born in 1564. He was baptized and buried at the same church. At the age of 18, he was married to Anne Hathaway and he had 8 children. Sadly, 3 of his children died as babies. Shakespeare began to become famous when he was 33. In all he was an actor, a poet, and a playwright. He was also a preacher. In his lifetime, he wrote 37 plays, and over 150 sonnets. The types of plays Shakespeare wrote included comedies, tragedies, and itistones. Shakespeare died in 1616 at the age of 42. His sister was the only one in the family that lived to see old age. History of Rome/Julius Caesar In the beginning kings ruled over Rome. Seven kings later, the people of Rome decided they would rule themselves. They ended up creating a senate known as the Roman Republic. The Roman Republic was considered very prosperous, because it lasted for so long. It ruled from 510 B.C. to 23 B.C. The most famous citizen that ever lived in Rome was Julius Caesar. In 49 B.C. Caesar conquered Rome and reigned as a dictator. Works Cited: http://randomhelpfulorcoolstuff.wikispaces.com/6.2+From+Republic+to+Empire