Conflicting Perspectives Julius Caesar

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Conflicting Perspectives – Julius Caesar

Personalities, events or situations often elicit conflicting perspectives. To what extent has textual form shaped your understanding of conflicting perspectives.
In your response, make detailed reference to your prescribed text and one other text of your own choosing.
Conflicting perspectives are often the outcome of diverse and contrasting views of ones personality, event or situation. This is evident is the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, as Caesar's personality develops and the diverse perspective of his death in ensuring civil war create conflict within the play. Raymond Briggs' picture book The Tin-Pot Foreign General and the Old Iron Woman generates an understanding of the
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The emotive language “brutish”, “mutiny”, “rage”, “corpse”, “daggers”, “stabbed”, and “traitors” helps manipulate the audience into an enraged fury. Through the use of enjambment and caesura he further emphasises these words and persuasively plants mutinous ideas to “fire the traitor's houses”. Dialogue such as “his eyes are red as fire with weeping” and personal tone “ he was my friend” contrast with Brutus's rational address, allowing Antony to engage his audience emotionally. He diminishes Brutus's perspective through sarcastic repetition of “yet Brutus is an honourable man” accentuating the lack of evidence provided by Brutus. In contrast, Antony gives specific examples of Caesar's humility; “when the poor have cried Caesar hath wept” causing the audience to identify with Caesar and call into question the logic of Brutus's motives. The audience acknowledges the controversy of Caesar's death has caused him to be misrepresented and that the actions of this “noble Roman” have not reflected those of an ambitious man but of a loyal man working for the good of Rome. Thus, through both Brutus's and Antony's speeches we have been presented with conflicting perspectives, through which Shakespeare has been able to reveal different insights into Caesar's personality.

In The Tin-Pot Foreign General and the Old Iron Woman, Raymond Briggs makes a bold political statement about the consequences of war by
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