February 11, 2013

Julius Caesar, Shakespear, and Betrayal

For my English class, I am reading Shakespeare's tragedy of Julius Caesar. I've just finished the third act. Caesar has just been killed and his funeral is being held. Brutus and Antony both speak. Both fell that they are doing what was right. Many people consider Brutus the antagonist, but didn't he think he was preserving the delicate democracy in Rome? Didn't Antony, offering Caesar the crown, think he was being supportive of a great leader? The public sides with Antony, but is that because of his oration or because he is right?

The duel of speeches at Caesar comes down to a battle between the fears of what might have been and the tragedy of the present. Obviously, the public falls for the tangible tragedy and seeks to avenge Caesar.

What do you think? Should Brutus have allowed Caesar to corrupt the political structure of Rome rather than stand up for what he believed in? Was Antony right to start a riot against the conspirators? It's pretty interesting to think about.

What do you all think? Comment below! :)

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