Julius Caesar Character Analysis

785 WordsNov 29, 20174 Pages
Every aspect of Shakespearean drama depends ultimately on language” (Keach 253). In the play Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare uses metals to add emphasis to the play. These references to metal are used in the play as a form of characterization, as a way to establish the mood, and as a way to explain the ideas of the characters. The characterization helps the audience to have a better understanding of the characters and their personalities, the mood further explains what the characters are feeling in relation to Caesar and his death, and they emphasize and explain the ideas that are driving the characters to act and speak. Shakespeare includes metals in his play as a method of characterization. In Act One, Cassius characterizes…show more content…
Casca states “His countenance, like richest alchemy, will lead to virtue and worthiness (1.3.168-169).” He also establishes mood by mentioning metal in Act Two. When Brutus is speaking about the plot against Caesar. Shakespeare uses the word whet, which means to sharpen in Brutus’ speech. He uses it in a way that makes it sound like Brutus was reluctant to kill Caesar . This creates a mood of sadness. “Since Cassius first did whet me against Caesar, I have not slept”(2.1.61-62). The next example comes when Antony is giving his speech at Caesar’s funeral. What he says also creates a mood of remorse for Caesar. Antony said, “and as he pluck’d his cursed steel away Mark how the blood of Caesar followed it, As rushing out of doors, to be resolved If Brutus so unkindly knocked, or no” (3.2.187). Shakespeare uses metals to create different moods throughout the play. Shakespeare uses figurative language to explain the ideas of the characters, to the audience. Shakespeare uses a metaphor as Brutus conveys his idea of the group not needing to take an oath, because what they are doing is enough to inspire cowards into action and make weak women strong. “To kindle cowards and to steel with valor the melting spirits of women” (2.1.126-127). Shakespeare uses a homophone of metal as a pun to show the ideas of Brutus when he explains
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