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Roman dictator Julius Caesar returns from a victorious campaign in Spain, causing his fellow-citizens to mistrust the scope of his political ambitions. Afraid that he will accept the title of king , a group of conspirators persuade Marcus Brutus to join their plot against Caesar. William Shakespeare s play revolves around Marcus Brutus as he grapples with issues of friendship, honor, and patriotism.
imminent, and on her knee Hath begged that I will stay at home today. DECIUS This dream is all amiss87 interpreted. It was a vision, fair and fortunate: Your statue spouting blood in many pipes In which so many smiling Romans bathed, Signifies that from you great Rome shall suck Reviving blood, and that great men shall press92 For tinctures, stains, relics and cognizance93. This by Calpurnia’s dream is signified. CAESAR And this way have you well expounded it. DECIUS I have, when you
analyzed as the exemplary piece of persuasive oratory (not least because of its witty trope of denying its own force—“I am no orator”). The year 1599, when the play was written and performed, was a time of intense political debate. The second Spanish Armada had been broken up by bad weather two years before, so superpower rivalry was no longer the most pressing issue of the day. The problem now was how to deal with a country that was apparently harboring rebels and terrorists who were a threat
hear it, Antony. You shall read us the will, Caesar’s will. ANTONY Will you be patient? Will you stay awhile? I have o’ershot myself155 to tell you of it. I fear I wrong the honourable men Whose daggers have stabbed Caesar: I do fear it. FOURTH PLEBEIAN They were traitors: honourable men? ALL The will, the testament! SECOND PLEBEIAN They were villains, murderers. The will, read the will. ANTONY You will compel me then to read the will: Then make a ring about the corpse of Caesar, And
style in his last plays—which, besides, were performed at both the Globe and the Blackfriars. After the occupation of the Blackfriars a five-act structure seems to have become more important to Shakespeare. That was because of artificial lighting: there were musical interludes between the acts, while the candles were trimmed and replaced. Again, though, something similar must have been necessary for indoor court performances throughout his career. Front of house there were the “gatherers” who
convey my greetings 399 set … before set off with his troops early in the morning 5.1 Location: near Philippi 3 keep keep to 4 battles battalions 5 warn challenge 6 Answering responding to/encountering for a fight 6 demand of ask 7 am … bosoms know their secrets 8 could be content would like 9 visit other places be elsewhere, take up different positions 9 come down attack (by surprise) 10 fearful bravery alarming bravery/a false show of bravery to hide their fear 10 face show 11