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Julius Caesar

English 10 project on the Shakespeare play "Julius Caesar"
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Matt Jones

on 22 March 2011

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Transcript of Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar Act 1 In a Shakespearean play, sets the stage for the rest of the play. The play begins in Rome, where the citizens of Rome are cheering for Caesar. The citizens of Rome are very fickle, and follow whoever has inspired them last. A soothsayer warns Caesar: "Beware the Ides of March." Caesar, however, ignores the warning. Caesar and the crowd go to the feast of Lupercal. Brutus and Cassius stay behind. Cassius suggests to Brutus that they kill Caesar. Brutus, though not completely opposed to the idea, is hesitant. Brutus and Cassius hear three shouts from the feast of Lupercal. Theses "general shouts" are occuring during Cassius's conversation with Brutus. Casca tells them that Caesar refused a crown three times. Caesar also had an epileptic seizure. "Beware the Ides of March." February 15 March 14,
the day before the Ides of March Cassius plans to give to Brutus letters that appear to be from various citizens of Rome opposing Caesar. Cassius sees that Brutus can still be convinced that killing Caesar is the right thing to do. Casca sees bad omens. Cassius believes the omens are bad for Caesar. The Conspiracy gathers to plan the assassination and join Brutus to their cause. The conspirators need Brutus, for Brutus is well loved by the people. "Men at some time are masters of their fates." "A very pleasing night to honest men." Cassius believes that they, not fate, must do what needs to be done. The soothsayer is foreshadowing what will happen to Caesar. Cassius thinks that the gods are on the conspirators' side. Act II is the rising action, building up to the climax. The context of
"Julius Caesar" William Shakespeare The Globe Theatre William's birthday is not known,
but he was baptized on April 26, 1564, at Stratford-upon-Avon in England. He died April 23, 1616, at the age of 52, in Stratford-upon-Avon. He was married to Anne Hathaway and had three kids: Susanna, Hamnet, and Judith. The Globe was capapble of "seating" over a thousand people! The Globe was built from 1597-1598 In 1613, The Globe burned down, but was later rebuilt. Act III is the climax. Act IV is the falling action. Act V is the resolution. March 14,
the day before the Ides of March Brutus considers why he should kill Caesar. He decides to kill Caesar because of what he may become, not what he is. And therefore think him as a serpent's egg
Which hatched, would as his kind grow mischievous
And kill him in the shell. The conspiracy meets with Brutus. Brutus calls all the shots. Caesar would be like a serpent if he were king. The conspiracy is willing to follow Brutus completly, even if it leads to disaster. Brutus decides they shouldn't kill Antony, but Cassius disagrees. Cassius is a realist, but Brutus is an idealist. Portia, Brutus's wife, senses that Brutus is conflicted. Brutus makes up a lame excuse. Portia stabs herself. Brutus promises to tell her later. Brutus and Portia will never see each other again. "Dwell I but in the suburbs of your good pleasure?If it be no more, Portia is Brutus's harlot, if not his wife." March 15,
the Ides of March Calphurnia, Caesar's wife, has a bad dream about Caesar. Calphurnia begs Caesar to stay home, but Caesar refuses. "Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste death but once." After other bad omens, Caesar decides to stay home, but is flattered by Decius Brutus to come to the Senate House. Caesar is a narcissist, and he likes flatterers. Caesar is to proud to stay home. March 15,
the Ides of March Caesar, going to the Senate with the conspirators, is stabbed by everyone. Two people try to warn Caesar, but he ignores them. "Et tu, Brute? Then fall Caesar." "You too, Brutus?" Antony pretends to be nice to the conspiracy, but Antony plans to "Cry 'Havoc,' and let slip the dogs of war."
Chaos results when the lawful order is broken. Brutus allows Antony to make a speech to the people. Brutus's idealism is making another mistake. Antony turns the crowd against the conspirators. Language is a powerful weapon, and in the hands of a skilled person, it can be used to manipulate others. "Brutus is an honorable man." Antony is using verbal irony to prove his point. Brutus's plan of attack Much later... Antony proves that he's a ruthless person. He sentences his nephew to death. Brutus and Cassius fight about bribes and when to fight Antony. Brutus's idealism and Cassius's realism clash, because they are opposites. Brutus is visited by the ghost of Caesar. Caesar says he'll see Brutus at Phillipi. "I think it is the weakness of mine eyes
That shapes this monstrous apparition." The armies of Brutus and Antony finally meet for battle. Cassius points out that they wouldn't have this problem if Brutus had listened to him. Cassius thinks they lost and kills himself. In Rome, suicide was an honorable thing. "Caesar, thou art revenged, even with the sword that killed thee." Brutus's army is defeated, and Brutus flees. Brutus doesn't know that Cassius is dead. Brutus commits suicide. Antony honors Brutus's life. "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.
His life was gentle, and the elements
So mixed in him that Nature might stand up
And say to the world, 'This was a man'" the best intentions of good noble people can lead to tradgedy
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