Essay on Julio Caesar

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| | | Yenisleidys Duarte Professor Reagan SmithHumanities – Greek and RomanOctober 20, 2012Essay #3 | | | 5. Who is the protagonist in the play? Is it Caesar, who dies well before the end but whose power and name continue on? Or is it Brutus, the noble man who falls because of his tragic flaws? | | | Literary scholars have debated for centuries about the question of who exactly is the protagonist of the William Shakespeare’s play called “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar.” The seemingly simple answer to this question would be Julius Caesar himself, after all, the play is named after him and all the events of the play relate to him. However, Caesar only appears in three scenes (four if the ghost is included), thus…show more content…
Calpurnia cried out terrified three times during the night, "Help ho - they murder Caesar!" There must be learned that the dream in which Caesar's wife visualized her husband's death was some kind of premonition (a strong feeling of an unpleasant act that was about to happen). Her presentiment was ignored completely putting aside the fact that it was his woman that tried to warn him of what was coming She begged and plead Caesar to stay home that day, however, nobody ever paid any attention to any of her dreams. In the battles between Antony and Brutus, Caesar was often mentioned in their dying words. "Caesar, thou art revenged, even with the sword that killed thee." These are Cassius' dying words. Brutus's final words are somewhat similar, "Caesar, now be still; I killed not thee with half so good a will." Their words represent that although final thoughts consisted of the evil crime they had committed, Caesar had nothing to do with their deaths. Caesar, a highly respectable man at some point, had no more influence on the outcome of the play than did any character. Brutus dominated his own actions throughout the story. Moreover, nobody was able to discover if the tragedy was affecting his thoughts. Stoicism, which is the endurance of pain or hardship without a display of feelings or complaint, was one of the characteristics Brutus possessed. He was a model stoic. However, he was only human, and at the play’s end, he committed suicide. This
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