Portrait of Blood The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare,

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Death? Betrayal? Sadness? Blood is a prime example of imagery. Imagery paints a picture within the readers’ minds and puts them in the same situation that the sentence is portraying. Having imagery in a work, makes a reader more into the piece and involved. In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, blood is a device most often symbolizing betrayal by the conspirators, the death of Julius Caesar, and foreshadowing the upcoming events through Mark Antony’s eyes.

Julius Caesar’s death came about by the betrayal of the conspirators. Brutus was one of Caesar’s closest friends, but his dagger was the last to break through Caesar’s cloak. The commoners and Antony were shocked to see the whole scene as the conspirators “stream forth thy blood” from Caesar. (III, i, 201) This image allows the reader to really visualize how Caesar actually died in the hands of the other conspirators. Mark Antony felt betrayed by not just Brutus, but all of the conspirators. He was devastated, but managed to stay dignified by “shaking the bloody fingers of thy foes”. (III, i, 198) The image of blood on each of the hands of the conspirators resulted in Caesar dying by betrayal. Blood and betrayal make the reader think that it would lead Mark Antony’s actions to reflect those of the conspirators, but he perseveres and just asks for one chance to speak at Julius’ funeral. Betrayal by one person can lead to the leadership of another.…
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