The Theme of Julius Caesar Essay

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The Theme of Julius Caesar

How suitably is the theme of the supernatural depicted in the play ‘Julius Caesar’?

William Shakespeare was one of the most influential playwrights, is known today for his plays such as Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, A Midsummer Nights Dream and many other interesting and different plays.

We in the 21st century enjoy Shakespeare’s plays for a variety of reasons. His plays have different themes like love, ambition, pride, friendship, supernatural, etc. His language is rich and full of imagery. Many of his famous quotes are used even till today such as "To be, or not to be" and "O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?"-Romeo and Juliet, form some of literature's most
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One of the functions of Shakespeare’s poetry is to communicate to the audience in an imaginative manner. Through his vivid language he is able to create, the setting, portray the character and the emotional atmosphere of the scene. The Elizabethan audience believed deeply in the supernatural and superstition. They hungered for it. The use of unnatural events had a significant topical interest for the Elizabethan audience. The Elizabethans believed that the appearance of spirits was accompanied by a wind. It is also effective as a modern stage effect. In modern theatre, ghosts and supernatural occurrences are difficult to stage. The audiences of today are used to “realistic” theatre, such as Shakespeare’s ghost are produced on our stages with strange lightning effects, off-stage sounds. The Elizabethans had no such problem. They just accepted ghosts and witches as the case may be. This is how the supernatural would have had a lasting impression on them.

Shakespeare’s development of style falls into quite a well-defined progression. At first he wrote plays according to the tradition of his rivals. He soon began experimenting with technique. His main concern was with tricks of language. He was finding out just what he could do. His use of language has made him the greatest figure in English, and perhaps in any literature. At the same time,
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