Julius Caesar Essays

Brutus’ Ghosts_ a Comparative Psychoanalysis

In William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, the cosmological and political ideals are constantly compared, analyzed, and argued because of the broad spectrum of opinions on Shakespeare’s thought process in writing. Myron Taylor, associated with George Washington University and published by Folger Shakespeare Library, and Stephen M. Buhler, associated with University of Nebraska­Lincoln and published in English Literary Renaissance, dually contemplate the existence of Caesar’s ghost after the assassination, whether he was just a figment of Brutus’s guilt or a spectral embodiment…

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Historical Methods Archaeology

Julius Caesar is probably the most famous Roman of all. As dictator, he paved the way for the establishment of the Roman Empire under his great-nephew Augustus, more infamously, had a love affair with Cleopatra of Egypt, and even invented the leap year, before being assassinated by friends and colleagues who had previously supported him. But before his dictatorship he had conquered a vast area of Europe in an incredibly short time. Caesar’s Gallic War is the most detailed eye-witness…

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Characters in Hamlet

The first proper theater as we know it, was called the Theatre, built at Shoreditch, London in 1576 and the owner was James Burbage. James Burbage had obtained a 21 year lease with permission to build the first playhouse, aptly named ‘ The Theatre ‘. Before this time plays were performed in the courtyard of inns or inn-yards, or sometimes, in the houses of noblemen or in extreme circumstances on open ground. After the Theatre, further open air playhouses (…

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Critical Analysis of Mark Antony’s Funeral Speech

Of all Shakespeare’s works , Julius Caesar is a play that hinges upon rhetoric – both as the art of persuasion and an artifice used to veil intent. The most striking of Shakespeare is his command of language. In Mark Antony’s funeral oration for Caesar, we have not only one of Shakespeare’s most recognizable opening lines but one of his finest examples of rhetorical irony at work. The speech could serve as a thematic synopsis to Julius Caesar. One of…

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Were Cassius & Brutus Justified in Killing Caesar

Cassius and Brutus, two partners in crime, literally. They were successful in killing Julius Caesar, however, were they justified? In the eyes of many, they were not, yet, their reasoning was substantial. The reason Cassius and Brutus were justified in the killing of Julius Caesar is the fact that they did to benefit the Roman Republic. It may not make sense at first, but think about it. They did it for the better of the people. They saw it as…

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Julius Caesar Play

In play, Julius Caesar, it has strength that makes the play a famous play. In the play, we could understand characters emotion and behaviors clearly since it is in their own words instead of a narration. From the text from Cassius’s dialogue,” For my part, I have walked about the streets, submitting me unto the perilous night.” we could emphasizes how Cassius is showing off to Casca the braveness he has. Another point would be the speeches that are introduce…

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Cassius’ Logical Persuasion

From Julius Caesar, Act 1 Scene 2, Cassius attempts to persuade Brutus on joining the conspiracy against Caesar through logos. To convince Brutus to join the conspiracy, Cassius starts telling Brutus that “I was born free as Caesar. So were you. We both have fed as well, and we can both endure the winter’s cold as well as he” (I. ii. 100). When Cassius states Caesar as someone like them, Cassius is using logic to explain to Brutus that they…

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Julius Caesar and Other Assassinations

Former President Jimmy Carter said “We will not learn to live together in peace by killing each other…” (Jimmy Carter – Nobel Lecture). This statement is supported by the countless events of history and the many accounts of death from the past. Death is a natural but heartbreaking event affects all who were once close to the now deceased. But the reaction of the people who knew the dead may react differently to the incident. The moment we humans take…

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Julius Caesar – Etho’s, Patho’s, Logo’s

During Julius Caesar, in one of the most famous scenes Shakespeare wrote, Antony influences the audience, soon turning the mourning crowd into a rioting mob. Antony persuades the Romans in his speech through Ethos, Logos, & Pathos. Antony’s speech undermines the conspirators even while it appears deferential to them. Antony uses Ethos to catch the audience’s attention. He states “For Brutus is an honorable man; so are they all, all honorable men” (Act 3, 81-82). Antony never directly calls the…

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Method’s of Persuasion in Brutus’s Funeral Oration

Brutus used only three persuasive techniques in his funeral oration in Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar. Despite being regarded as a great orator, or speaker, he limited his speech to the use of parallelism, rhetorical question, and tone. As well as a combination of the three. Brutus began his speech with parallelism. He said, “…Hear me for my cause, and be silent, that you may hear. Believe me for mine honor, and have respect to mine honor, that you may believe….

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What if Julius Caesar Was not Assassinated

Julius Caesar was the emperor of the roman republic. As a powerful political and military figure, Caesar established the Roman Republic as one of the greatest civilization of the time. He was later assassinated as a plot by the senate, leaving the republic in chaos. Julius Caesar’s assassination was carried out his own senate. There was a conspiracy against him that involved his best friend, Marcus Junius Brutus. He was assassinated on Ides of March. His assassination came as fear…

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Development of the Constitutional Position of Caesar Augustus

In 31BC Gaius Julius Caesar Octavian had emerged victorious from the cival wars unmatched in auctoritas and dignitas. By laying down his quasi-legal triumviral powers, he sought to establish his dominance over Rome under the pretext of restoring the Republic and in a manner which respected mos mairum, ancestoral customs. The mistakes of his father would not be repeated and he ensured the range of powers gradually bestowed upon him that provided his constitutional legality, were those offered by the…

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Aurelia Cotta

Who was the mother of famous Julius Caesar? The woman who raised Julius and his two sisters is Aurelia Cotta. She raised her daughters both name Julia and her son Julius, she then eventually raised her grandson Augustus. Her husband Gaius Caesar the elder, died at a young age, and before that he was gone most of the time so she was the one in charge of raising her children (15 Interesting Women of Ancient Rome). Many women in today’s…

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Outline Julius Caesar’s Reforms

Although between the period of 49-44BC Caesar spent little time in Rome, during his brief appearances he initiated a large number of legislative and administrative reforms. He pushed through a large number of senatorial decrees and laws dealing with such things as the reorganisation of the local government of Italian towns, the length of tenure of provincial governors, the reduction in the number of Romans receiving free grain, penalties for criminal offences, the ratio of free labourers to slaves on…

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Relationships in Julius Caesar

In Julius Caesar, the relationships between Julius Caesar, Marcus Brutus, Mark Antony and Caius Cassius are very important. They show the motivations for the characters’ actions throughout the play. While some relationships may be sincere, others may be little more than one-sided political alliances. Brutus is manipulated by Cassius’ plot against Caesar. Brutus’ own naïve leads to the plot failing and ultimately his downfall. The relationship between Caesar and Brutus is a sincere friendship. While it isn’t revealed how long…

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