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Julius Caesar - Honors

English 10 Honors analysis of the Shakespearean play, "Julius Caesar"
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Jason Flanagan

on 29 April 2011

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Julius Caesar
By William Shakespeare Act 1 Trailer Brutus
sneaky - (li. 178) He didn't want Caesar to know what he was doing?
lacks confidence - (li. 63-65) - He doesn't have it in him to do what Cassius wants him to do.
thoughtful - (li. 37-47) He explained to Cassius that he has personal problems and he hasn't acted unusual.
open-minded - Brutus wants to judge Caesar after receiving some of the actions that he has done.
not easily swayed - He wasn't totally convinced by Cassius' words. Cassius
smart - He asked Brutus if he could see himself in order to get Brutus to see himself as good as Caesar.
manipulative (negative persuasion)
He views himself as heroic (li. 105-110) Caesar
stubborn - (li. 17-24) He didn't listen to the soothsayer's warnings
bossy, demanding, controlling - (S. 2, li. 1-7) He told Calpurnia to stand near Antony, and for Antony to touch his wife during the race.
kind - He gave money and land to the people and the soldiers
superstitious - He believed in the old tale that the barren will shake off their curse if touched during a race Antony
respectful - When Caesar called him, he referred to him as, "My lord." (s.2 li. 5)
loyal - He said whatever Caesar wants done, it will happen (S2, li. 10). Blind loyalty?
selfless Soliloquy
The character speaking out their thoughts to reveal their true identity.
S2, li. 308-322) - Cassius is talking about removing Caesar from this high position with the help of Brutus.
Brutus has X soliloquies in Act 2:
line 10-34: Brutus thinks aloud of the problem of Caesar, whom he sees becoming too powerful. (line 18)
46-58: Brutus reads a letter that suggest he
61-69: Brutus is thinking of how the time of planning the conspiracy and the actual actions of it are the hardest time because the mind is debating the subject. (line63-65)
lines 77-85: Brutus thinks about the people carrying out the plan and whether or not they can go through the day without looking suspicious. Tragedy
Something bad that befalls the protagnist near the end of the story.
Ex: Romeo and Juliet - a snowball effect that led to title characters' death
a story of sorrow Tragic hero
a person of high rank but faces downfall with dignity and high honor Act 2 What reasons do Brutus give for removing Caesar?
He fears Caesar will gain too much power, then misuse it.
Lines 10-34 show how he has fear gaining too much power. Lines 18-27 show how he will misuse it.
Note the ladder and snake references.
Brutus refers to a powerful king who was overthrown; the same must be done to Caesar. Brutus conjures his ancestors who helped overthrown that king (line 53-58). Why does Cassius want Antony dead? What is Brutus' response?
lines 155-161: Cassius wants Antony dead because he is Caesar's good friend that is clever and could be trouble for them.
Brutus responds by saying killing Antony would be too much murder or blood on their hands. (line 166). Why does Portia want to know what is on Brutus' mind? Why doesn't he tell her?
Portia wants to know what is on his mind because she is a noble and caring wife. (lines 303).
Brutus doesn't tell her because he wants to keep her emotional pure and not have blood on her hands. Why does Calpurnia want Caesar to stay? How is he swayed?
Calpurnia wants Caesar to stay because of the dreams she is having about omens. She describes to Caesar the terrible things she has heard from the men who were on guard during the night. (S2 li. 13-26).
Decius said her dreams were misinterpreted and that it actually meant people were praising Caesar. He also said if Caesar doesn't go out, the Senate might not crown him and think him crazy. What role do you think Artemidorius' letter will play in this drama?
The letter plays an important role by warning Caesar of Brutus and conspirators. It is imporatnt because it could determine if Caesar will live or not. (S3 lines 11-16). Trailer
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