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...responder to agree or empathise with the composer. In both Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and Shekhar Kapur’s Elizabeth, the composers’ perspectives on these historical figures and events are portrayed in unique ways which contradict and are contradicted by perspectives from other sources. Reasons for these differences can include the form of text and context of the composer, both of which affect not only the composer’s perspective, but the way in which they present it. Both Julius Caesar and Elizabeth are forms of text which serve primarily to entertain the audience. Even supposedly ‘historical’ plays and films do not have to adhere strictly to the ‘facts’ of history, but often stray from such accuracy in order to enhance entertainment value. For this reason, the viewpoint they may present on historical events or personalities can often conflict with accounts from other, more strictly historical, sources. For example, Julius Caesar was largely based off and echoes Plutarch’s Life of Caesar, and yet the two differ notably in many respects, such as the depiction of the funeral oratories given by Brutus and Antony. In Plutarch’s history, events are recounted very drily and matter-of-fact: “Brutus… came down from the capitol, and spoke to the people.” There is no direct quotation, details of the speech, or emotive language. Shakespeare on the other hand has both men give a detailed and well-crafted speech, Brutus’ to logically absolve himself of guilt and Antony’s to craftily......

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Julius Caesar

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Julius Caesar

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Julius Caesar Character Analysis

...Julius Caesar Character Analysis Written around the year 1599, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar written by William Shakespeare, was based on the Roman philosopher Plutarch’s biographies of the hoary Greek and Roman rulers, Julius Caesar, Octavius Brutus, and Marc Anthony. The role and personality of Julius Caesar in the written play was greatly determined in an indirect manner. Julius Caesar is immanently the disputed protagonist who remains a flat character throughout the play;  a self-aggrandizing character that is wished death upon. His constant demands and braggart remarks about himself gave him a very egotistical perception.  He was plotted against behind his back by people he called his friends, and was eventually stabbed to death on the Ides of March, or on the 15th of March, ironically, in front of the Theatre of Pompey. Julius Caesar often allowed his dignity to get in his way, which strongly made him look very preposterous and moronic. Caesar thought very highly of himself and had a very prominent perspective of himself. Subsequently defeating Pompey, a Roman politician and general, he boastfully returns back to Rome, being greeted by enjoying the show of pomp.  After being demanded by Caesar, Marc Antony responded to Caesar saying, “When Caesar says “Do this,” it is performed.”  (23.) Marc Antony generates the idea of Caesar being like a God; he’s treated like a deity and Marc follows all his commands and demands as if he’s a slave. Caesar is perceived as a very......

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...Julius Caesar: Antony & Brutus In the play, Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, two characters bang heads in a not literal way but also connect very well in others. Antony and Brutus both are friends of Caesars but when he is killed the true colors of these characters come out and as readers, we see who is on which side. Antony and Brutus have many things in common but as well, they also have many things that make them different. Throughout the play, Julius Caesar, Brutus and Antony show differences in each other in many ways. For example, Brutus was very honorable and Antony was very persuasive. “Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more...”(Shakespeare 42) When Brutus spoke at Caesar’s funeral, he appealed to the people’s logic. As Antony spoke, he spoke to the emotions of the people not just their logic. “Come I to speak in Caesar's funeral. He was my friend, faithful and just to me” (Shakespeare 44) . Brutus’ speech was very short and to the point of just telling the people what they wanted to hear. While in Antony’s speech, which was longer, spoke only of all the good Caesar had done. Another difference between Antony and Brutus is that Antony is very smart and uses his intelligence throughout the play while Brutus is very naïve about multiple things. “Will you be patient? will you stay awhile? I have o'ershot myself to tell you of it. I fear I wrong the honorable men whose daggers have stabb'd Caesar; I do fear it.”(Shakespeare 46). Antony is very......

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...Brutus's purpose was to control the crowd as was Anthony's. Brutus began his speach with a hostile crowd against him as a murderer of the popular Julius Caesar. When Anthony spoke the crowd had already been swayed by Brutus' words to a point of view opposite Anthony's and were now openly hostile to him. Both men spoke eloquently and effectively and their moment before the crowd was the key moment in their political lives. Differences: Brutus spoke first, Anthony had the last word. Brutus spoke directly in abstract terms about an unproven and unprovable shortcoming in Caesar's character and the threat it posed to the future of Rome. Anthony spoke ironically and sarcastically about the recent murder of the butchered man lain out before them: as concrete a subject matter imaginable. Brutus, as one of the senate assassins, had a lot more to lose: his reputation and life. Anthony had a lot less personally at stake. Brutus concentrated on one theme and directly spoke it: "Caesar was ambitious" and somehow that ambition was bad for Rome. By stopping over-ambitious Caesar, the assassins carried out a great and noble service for Rome and the people at the funeral. Anthony facing a hostile crowd that now considered Caesar the great tyrant as propagandized by Brutus had to pick his words carefully and hide his true purpose. "I've come to bury Caesar not to praise him." Ultimately both men swayed the crowd but Anthony's speech carried the day. When he was done, no one......

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Julius Caesar

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Julius Caesar

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...the charismatic Julius Caesar, humans have selfishly betrayed one another since the dawn of time. Written by William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar portrays the tragedy of the Roman ruler. Deceived by his friends, Caesar is brutally murdered as the conspirators try to prevent him from ascending to the throne as the next leader of Rome. By placing their own egotistical interests and misconceptions before Rome’s, the conspirators wrongfully murdered Julius Caesar. Throughout the play, Brutus continually questions whether or not he should follow through with the plan to assassinate Caesar.  He even makes the remark several times that Caesar personally did nothing to him saying, “It must be by his death; and for my part, I know no personal cause to spurn at him, but for the general. He would be crown'd: How that might change his nature, there's the question” (II.i.10). Brutus recognizes that other than his own fears for the future, Caesar has done nothing to deserve death. The conspirators repeatedly claim that because of Caesar’s unruly ambition, he would take the throne and expose his greedy, selfish side, although he has never shown any sign to actually having one. Convincing Brutus of this, they become obsessed with the idea that Julius Caesar would become a megalomaniac after his rise to the throne, making this the main incentive that the conspirators have against him, eventually making a rash decision to “sacrifice” him, supposedly for the good of Rome. Brutus continues later...

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The most obvious contrast is how they feel about Caesar -- not personally, but in terms of how Caesar's power is growing as the play opens.

Antony is Caesar's right-hand man -- literally.  He is always just at Caesar's side.  He is so ever-present beside Caesar, that the conspirators discuss murdering him as well as Caesar, since he seems to be so dedicated and attached to him.

Brutus, while seen by Caesar as a loyal...

The most obvious contrast is how they feel about Caesar -- not personally, but in terms of how Caesar's power is growing as the play opens.

Antony is Caesar's right-hand man -- literally.  He is always just at Caesar's side.  He is so ever-present beside Caesar, that the conspirators discuss murdering him as well as Caesar, since he seems to be so dedicated and attached to him.

Brutus, while seen by Caesar as a loyal compatriot, on the other hand, harbors deep misgivings about the power that Caesar is developing.  Brutus is fiercely dedicated to the Roman democratic rule, to the ideals of the Republic.  So, when it seems that Caesar would be declared Emperor, Brutus feels that it is his patriotic duty to revolt.

Perhaps the most accessible way to compare their personalities is to compare their funeral orations.  Brutus speaks from logic and reason, appealing to the ideology of the people in order to garner their support for his actions.  He appeals to their logic and sense of the honorable action, the action that is "best"for the Republic.

Antony, on the other hand, begins with the word "Friends," making it clear from the beginning that it is not their responsibility as citizens to which he will appeal, but their emotions, their feelings.  Suffice it to say, Antony's speech over Caesar's dead body creates an uprising of the citizens that drives the conspirators out of Rome.

Overall, Antony is the sort of man who operates based upon his emotions and is able to garner support based upon this mode of operation.  Brutus, on the other hand, operates based upon logic and sacrifice for the good of the Republic, something that does not reach the common man in the same passionate way that Antony can.

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