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Views on Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

  • Date Submitted: 05/13/2010 03:17 PM
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The author of the play Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare, was a brilliant man. The way he portrayed his characters is something many writers cannot do today. For instance, Shakespeare uses monologue and apostrophe to craft Cassius as insane in order to suggest that Cassius is so caught up with killing Caesar that he has lost his grip on reality. If you don’t believe me, I have three examples that say otherwise.
The first example is “I will this night in several hands in at his window throw, as if they came from several citizens, writings…”(1.2.327-330). This example of monologue shows that Cassius is willing to write in different ways to fool Brutus. He wanted to take the plan to kill Caesar that far. Some people might not find that crazy, but good, old fashioned persuasion would have worked too.
The second example is “The clock hath stricken three.”(2.1.207-208). At first glance this example might seem meaningless, but when you think about it, there are no clocks in ancient Rome. This proves as an example of apostrophe, but you can see it in other ways. The way Shakespeare intended on putting this line in his play was to appeal to the Elizabethan audience.
The third and final example is “Some to the common pulpits and cry out ‘Liberty, freedom, and enfranchisement.’”(3.1.88-89). This example can change one’s perspective on seeing Cassius as insane. Depending on how it is interpreted, one can see that Cassius has Rome’s best interest at heart, even though most of the play he seems to just be jealous of Caesar.
My evidence has been put before you. If you chose to believe it, that’s up to you. If not then you don’t, that is completely your choice. I can tell you this though: no matter what anybody says, Shakespeare knows what he intended to do and he take that with him. Goodbye and good day.


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