Julius Caesar was a military commander that emerged from the chaos of civil war to take charge of the republic. He later became known as the dictator of Rome, the absolute ruler of Rome. He made many reforms and created a new program to employ the jobless and gave public land to the poor. Julius Caesar was a powerful man and becoming too powerful was what led him to corruption. The Senate was afraid and jealous of his power and they were worried he might plan to make himself king of Rome. Needless to say, the Senate wanted to save the republic and so they went against him. Julius Caesar became corrupt because he was too powerful, the Senate was jealous, and his actions posed a threat.
The relevance and significance of the revenge tragedy is in the way it explores human nature and forces audiences to evaluate ideologies such as revenge and justice. The concept of revenge is accompanied by moral conflict and Shakespeare demonstrates that by acting immorally society is likely to be riddled with corruption. Hamlet seeks to avenge the death of his father but struggles with the ramifications of seeking righteous revenge through an immoral act. The imposition of revenge instills the existential questioning on Hamlet as it contradicts his with his social expectation. His
In the play Gem of the Ocean written by August Wilson, how does the character, Caesar represent police who abuse their power of enforcement? When the reader first meets Caesar first he comes off as very powerful. He makes it seem as if people must obey him at all times. Caesar does this because of his position as an officer. He is aggressive toward his community just for the simple reason that he has authority over people. Similar to police in todays’ society who go overboard with their use of power. Caesar represents officers who abuse their power of enforcement to empower their community, to seek revenge, and to protect themselves from their wrongdoings.
Justice is often found after a situation has occurred and more times than not it is seen through the eyes of revenge. Marc Antony, the main character, partakes in this reality by trying to get revenge on Julius Caesar’s, Marc Antony’s best friend, death. The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare literally and symbolically delves into the choices that one makes when seeking revenge in the name of justice.
When Shakespeare was born in 1564, Queen Elizabeth had taken power a mere 6 years prior, and her justice system was very different from ours. In this paper, I hope to explore some of the ways punishments were different, such as how many crimes had individual punishments, often times depending on how severe the crime was. I will also go in-depth to one of the most infamous cases of the medieval period.
In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, one must read the text closely to track the shifting motivations and loyalties of each character as the play progresses. An important factor that must be kept in mind while reading is the degree of loyalty, in other words, the degree to which characters act out of a motivation to help others. Throughout the play, each character's current degree of loyalty to others is clearly exhibited by words or behavior – this holds true for the characters of Brutus, Cassius, Antony, Portia, and Calpurnia. The focus on loyalty is critical because before the play ends an even-handed justice is meted out to a number of people who fail to live up to an expected standard of
The clang of the swords on the shields pierced General Julius Caesar’s ear. He couldn’t wait till the war against the Greeks was over and he could return home to his wife. He slaughtered 113 enemy soldiers and was still on the hunt to find one. He stepped over 47 bodies, some of which were still breathing and groaning their last breaths on the eastern shore of the river Acheron. Caesar's nemesis was General Brutus,the leader of the greek army, and his old best friend. After the battle at the River of Acheron, General Julius Caesar rode back to his camp, Gleaming in his Ice-white armour, shining in his glory after his victory vs the Greeks.
The game we just played involved murders and detectives. The murders had to kill people by intricately picking out people them. They had to pick them intricately because the detectives were among them, watching and trying to see who were the murderers. Chapter 2 involved Cassius intricately picking Brutus, who was Caesars right hand man, someone close to Caesar and who was in his circle of people he trusted. By pulling Brutus into the conspiring side, Caesar wouldn't suspect a thing from his best friend, the best way to get close enough to Caesar to kill him.
In the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, the character Cassius can perfectly be described as a very manipulative man with very bad intentions. But even with that, as said by Caesar himself “So soon as that spare Cassius. He reads much/ He is a great observer, and he looks/ Quite through the deeds of men”. Caesar here describes a very dangerous characteristic of Cassius, that he is able to see right through people and understand their secrets. Throughout the play, Cassius becomes very angry with the way Rome is beginning to become governed. He believes that the nobility of Rome are responsible for the government of Rome, but they have let one man gain excessive power so it's their right to stop him, and with Caesar being as loved and ambitious as he is, he believes assassination is the only way.
Shakespeare reflects the wider tensions of his own context regarding the conflict between filial duty and Christian morality in the execution of vengeance to shape the responder’s perception of the fraudulence required to commit murder. Shakespeare develops the conventions of the revenge tragedy to reflect his society’s changing code of honor, from the medieval duty of revenge to a value of individual conscience revived by the Protestant Reformation. The question of Christian morality reveals itself in Claudius’ prayer as he shows genuine remorse for his act of murder: ‘It hath the primal eldest course upon’t/ A brother’s murder.’ This allusion to Caine and Abel emphasises the sin of killing one’s ‘kin’, encouraging the audience to question Hamlet’s justification for vengeance as a filial duty to his father and the state, (what he believed) to restore stability to his own context. Hamlet’s driving sense of filial duty is reinforced, as he believes ‘the villain kills my father, and for that/I his sole son do this same villain send/to heaven’. The parallel of ‘son’ and ‘father’ conveys this, while the repetition of ‘villain’ is an unconscious attempt to justify his intent. However, Hamlet’s dilemma between filial love and Christian
Virtue and vengeance are two of the strongest influences on human actions, but it is clear to see, through Shakespeare’s work, that vengeance is the strongest. Without the desire for revenge, The Tempest would never have begun. Humans cannot resist the urge to avenge
Although William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar provides a largely accurate and incredibly detailed record of the assassination of its namesake, the play is regarded not as one of the Bard’s histories, but as one of his greatest tragedies. Shakespeare’s poignant lyrical interpretation of the fall of Julius Caesar is defined without a doubt as a tragedy by the sorrowful nature of the development, execution, and aftermath of Marcus Brutus’ betrayal of Julius Caesar.
In a New Historic analyzation, it is important to note Hamlet’s madness that leads him to paranoia, revenge, and murder. In Shakespeare’s Elizabethan era, madness was defined as “internalization of disobedience”. Using this definition, it can be interpreted that Shakespeare derives Hamlet’s lunacy from the plea for vengeance made by his father’s spirit. Hamlet feels blameworthy and that
On Wednesday 10th September 2014, I witnessed the Oratory Foundation’s presentation of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. The production was held at Naparima bowl at San Fernando. It began promptly at 9:30 am. This tale closely follows the rise to province and the ultimate demise of Roman icon and revolutionary politician Julius Caesar. The themes shown in this story are love, honour, betrayal, patriotism, selfishness and selflessness. This enticing tale also has its fair share of action such as murder, suicide, vengeance and conspiracy.