Julius Caesar is one of Shakespeare's most performed plays worldwide. The interest that Shakespeare found in this historical tale has not waned with the passing of time.
Shakespeare and his contemporaries did not share the belief, widely held by historians and literary critics today, that there are essential differences between past and present more significant than any possible continuities. To the Shakespeare of Julius Caesar the past was by no means a foreign country, ruled by different ideological assumptions.
Julius Caesar tells the story of the plot to murder the Roman ruler. Although, it is clearly a play about the murder of a head of state, it also illustrates the struggle of the senators to maintain the state which they have founded. Frequently the conspirators claim that their reason for killing Caesar is a noble act, with the sole aim of preventing a dictatorship.
In the play Julius Caesar, written and preformed by William Shakespeare, there are many characters, but two, Brutus and Cassius, stood out. The play begins in Rome where a celebration of Julius Caesar's victory over the former ruler of Rome, Pompeii. The victory leads to Caesar's betrayal by his jealous companions. Senators and other high status figures are jealous of Caesar's new and growing power, while others, like Brutus, fear the autocratic rule Caesar could enforce. The conspirators, Brutus and Cassius being the most important, assassinate Julius Caesar and Marcus Antonius, better known as Antony, and Octavius Caesar, Caesar's heir to the thrown, revenge Caesar's death. Antony convinces the Roman populous to destroy the conspirators and eventually begins a war with Cassius and Brutus' armies. Both Cassius and Brutus commit suicide to save their honor and Antony and Octavius win the war.
In Historical book mentioned that Julius Caesar suffered from headaches and migraines, but the most serious illness he acquired was epilepsy, which was known then as the "falling sickness. Other than that, Caesar was remarkably healthy and energetic. There is no reason to doubt Caesar's personal bravery, or his ability to command the respect of both officers and men in his service and to lead troops in battle. Caesar was fascinating, charming, and amusing.
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare includes and wide variety of characters and the ways they are portrayed throughout the book. With all these different types of characters none are more intriguing than that of Marcus Brutus and Marcus Antonious (AKA Marc Antony). Both appeared to be loyal to Julius Caesar and Caesar befriends each of them. The only noble Caesar does not trust and worries about is Cassius. Brutus and Antony cause both the uprising and destruction of Julius Caesar and fight for what they believe is just. Marc Antony is known for being a very noble man and for this Caesar insures complete trust in him. Antony is a strong- willed leader who only believes in what is right, not what is popular. Antony loves Caesar and will do anything at all for him. Antony even deceives Brutus into believing he agrees with him. "Friends, Romans, countrymen, I come to bury Caesar no
Antony and Brutus were two very different men, who fought for two very different causes but in turn they were very much alike in character. Antony's true character shown through greatly when he walked up upon the body of Brutus, though one may have been more of a radical while the other more down to earth both fought for what they believed in and did not let anything get in their way. Caesar's will states what he wants for Rome and Antony strives to complete his desired wishes. Brutus and Antony are by far the noblest characters in Julius Caesar. In the beginning Brutus is a loyal follower of Caesar but then is told by Cassius that Caesar is using his power for impure reasons Brutus turns against Caesar. Once Caesar is dead the fate of Rome is up in the air. Antony is joined by Octavius and Lepidus to form the triumvirate. While the triumvirate easily agreed on decisions Brutus and Cassius bickered most of the time but once it got down to begin the war they began to understand each other and united. "A friend should bear his friend's infirmities. Brutus tries to obtain the same status that Caesar had and have the people of Rome believe that Caesar was an impure man. "This was the noblest Roman of them all.
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