William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar was first performed at the Globe Theater in 1599, and the politics which it explores have clear parallels to the political situation of England at that time. Queen Elizabeth I was on the throne, and she was sixty-six years of age. She was unmarried and childless, so the question of who would succeed her upon her death was an open one. Like Julius Caesar in the play, Elizabeth had no natural heir, and the English people worried about the effects of the power struggle that might take place if there were many people vying for the throne. In Julius Caesar, Shakespeare explores themes of leadership, power and corruption which would have been quite relevant to the people of the day.
Cleverly, Shakespeare explores these themes in the context of ancient Rome. It is likely that Shakespeare used Plutarch’s Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans, written in the first century AD, as his historical source material for the play. Plutarch’s historical biographies of influential ancient Romans emphasize his belief that the individual decisions and actions of great men are responsible for shaping history. In Julius Caesar, Shakespeare offers a window into the thoughts and private lives of such men as Julius Caesar, Marcus Antonius, Caius Cassius and Marcus Brutus—all real historical figures whose actions had a profound impact upon ancient Rome. Of course, Shakespeare’s account is tailored for the stage, rich in poetry, and like all of his work, explores a variety of moral and humanistic themes which resound in any era.
To understand Julius Caesar, it is useful to have some historical context for the period in which it is set. The play opens in the year 44 BC, at a time when Rome was at the epicenter of a vast and growing empire. Rome was a republic, governed by a ruling class of senators. The senators, not surprisingly, were often at cross purposes or engaged in power struggles amongst themselves, and much of the people’s allegiance belonged in reality...
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1 Julius Caesar Essays Introduction Paragraph:
Don’t need “support” here – just intro and support in the rest of the paperABSOLUTELY NO: “I’m going to tell you about” or “My paper will be about”
2 Julius Caesar Essays Quotes:
Citation goes at the very END of the sentence:Brutus said “blah blah” and the crowd was mad (Shakespeare 26).If you start in the middle of a quote, or don’t finish the entire thing, use … either before or after.Paraphrasing quotes longer than 4-5 lines.Your entire paper should not be made up of JUST quotes!Transition into quotes – Brutus said, “blah blah…”Your own commentary between quotes.
3 Julius Caesar Essays Writing: “Well” and “So” weaken your paper
Play-by-play…. I already read the play, don’t just give me a play-by-play of what happened! I want to hear what you think about it, not just a summary!“Well” and “So” weaken your paper
4 Julius Caesar Essays Grammar: Not Brutus’s – it is Brutus’
Julius Caesar is a play – Needs to be either underlined or italicized if you are referring to the play itself.The title of your essay should be capitalized“Brutus should have” not “Brutus should of”No SLANG“Till” should be “Until”“cause” should be “because”