Caesar Conflicting Perspectives Essay
Essay about Julius Caesar: The Spirit of Caesar
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Imagine being your countries hero, imagine all the people loving you and adoring you, imagine being the best at everything – now imagine Julius Caesar. It seems as though the last one doesn’t fit, does it? However, wasn’t Caesar one of the most influential people during the time of the Roman Empire AND didn’t he influence our world today? As well as in reality, in the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, this man has a very interesting role. Despite the fact that he is immensely influential during his life, after his assassination it seems as though Caesar is still influential – or, more specifically, his spirit is.
There are three general aspects which the spirit of Caesar influenced (being still alive Caesar influenced some of…show more content…
We’ll revenge his death!” (225); some of the conspirators commit suicide: “Cassius: O, coward that I am, to live so long/To see my best friend ta’en before my face!” (238); and the main conspirator – Brutus – is visited by Caesars ghost (which could have been just a hallucination) (a.4, s.3).
The second aspect was the mind. The modern world today affects its people’s minds more than at any other time in history – though these effects are usually negative. Caesar had the same problem; his death arose many arguments and much distrust. Many people started questioning their friendships: “Brutus: The name of Cassius honors this corruption/And chastisement doth therefore hide his head” (229); and many people questioned the words of others: “Antony: He was my friend, faithful and just to me/But Brutus says he was ambitious/And Brutus is an honorable man” (223).
The third aspect which the spirit of Caesar influenced was the body. It is obvious that when Caesar was alive he affected the aspect of the body as well. However, despite the fact that he was a military and political leader, his power was clearly limited. Caesars people could consciously chose to follow him (or not to follow); but after Caesar died people were subconsciously, yet radically affected by the spirit of Caesar. Commoners started rebellions: “Plebeians: Never, never! Come, away, away!…with the brands fire the traitors’/houses…Go fetch fire…Pluck down
Motivation and Manipulation in Julius Caesar Essay
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In Julius Caesar, Shakespeare illuminates the themes of human motivation and manipulation. He examines the relationship between actions and motivations, cause and effect, and word and deed, using the symbols of hands and hearts. Throughout the play, the characters Brutus and Marc Antony express their different understandings of this relationship rhetorically. In his 1953 film interpretation, Joseph L. Mankiewicz demonstrates these characters’ understanding through both the play’s original dialogue and his own interpolated action. It is interesting to see the different effects of spoken rhetoric, as we experience it in the play, and the visual rhetoric of the film. The play itself complicates matters of motivation and therefore does not…show more content…
In his interpretation of Act 1, Scene 2 when Caesar asks Antony to touch Calphurnia as he runs by her, he places his hand firmly on Antony’s shoulder. This action demonstrates their close relationship, and by the time Antony agrees to Caesar’s request and leaves the scene, the viewers are in no doubt of their bond. In Act 2, Scene 1, Brutus takes the hands of the conspirators as they leave his house. Here, the film adheres to the play’s direction as it is written and represents it visually. Brutus says, “Give me your hands all over, one by one,” and he clasps hands with them in the bond of a common cause (2.1.112). In the same scene, touch also signifies the bond between lovers. Portia questions her husband Brutus about what troubles him, and he refuses to tell her. She states then that she is no better than his harlot, and he instantly embraces her as he continues with the scripted dialogue. This small act adds an emotional, tender side to Brutus’ nature that is not revealed as explicitly in the play by his words. In the film interpretation of Act 3, Scene 1, Caesar goes to the Capitol, and the senators beg him to rescind the exile of Publius Cimber, Metellus’ brother. They grab his hand as they kneel before him, trying to show first a token of respect and then of friendship as they beg. It’s here that Casca, without hesitancy, makes the first stab, shouting, “Speak, hands, for me!” (3.1.76). The rest of the men follow suit, circling and