William Shakespeare 's Julius Caesar

1833 Words Nov 7th, 2016 8 Pages
The seemingly straightforward simplicity of “Julius Caesar” has made it a perennial favourite for almost 400 years. Despite its simplicity, almost Roman in nature, the play is rich both dramatically and thematically, and every generation since Shakespeare’s time has been able to identify with some political aspect of the play. The Victorians found a stoic, sympathetic character in Brutus and found Caesar unforgivably weak and tyrannical. As we move into the twenty-first century, audiences and readers, familiar with leaders having public imperfections, are more forgiving of Caesar and are often suspicious of Brutus’ moralistic posturing. The play has also formed most modern readers’ opinions and views of ancient Rome and Romans. Julius Caesar, a play that deals with actual historical events, differs somewhat from the plays that Shakespeare wrote about English history. The structure of the play follows closely the pattern of the typical Elizabethan revenge play but varies in form from Shakespeare’s other history plays.

About the Playwright: Shakespeare
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) is considered to be the greatest writer in the history of English Literature. The poet and playwright is also one of the least known of all literary figures. His works were indeed created for the popular entertainment of his day with little thought to their immortality. He wrote at the period when the feudal, aristocratic world was being replaced by a new one based on…
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