Most critics argue that Julius Caesar is the protagonist of the play, pointing out that he is the title character and the cause of all the action in the play. Even in scenes in which he is absent, he is the focus of the discussion and the reason for the revenge. After his death, his ghost roams the landscape of the play, further spurring the action. His character definitely holds the dramatic structure of the play together.
In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, immediately after the assassination, Brutus and Cassius make the following metadramatic allusion: How many ages hence Shall this our lofty scene be acted over, In states unborn, and accents yet unknown! How many times shall Caesar bleed in sport, That now on Pompey's basis lies along, No worthier than the dust!
So oft as that shall be, So often shall the knot of us be call'd The men that gave their country liberty. There is the obvious self-referentiality of the actors, who emphasize the disjunction between the place and time of the historical event they are portraying and its dramatic re-enactment.
Shakespeare, in fact, may have been especially concerned with the nature of his craft when composing the play since Julius Caesar is thought to be the first play performed at the new Globe Theatre in The reference to a play, however, is not necessarily to Shakespeare's work but can refer to other dramatizations of the same subject matter.
The final irony of the passage lies in the obviously mistaken gloss Brutus and Cassius impose on the assassination.
Subsequent events prove them wrong, as Rome's populace will not glorify the conspirators [End Page 79] as liberators but will, after Antony's funeral oration, drive them from Rome as traitorous assassins.
In their explicit interpretation of the assassination, Brutus and Cassius engage in the kind of unequivocal reading that past critics have imposed on the play as a whole.
The play has been read as an unambiguous condemnation of the assassination and the conspirators and a glorification of Caesar. Conversely, Julius Caesar has also been interpreted as a denunciation of Caesar and a tribute to the republican nobility of Brutus and Cassius.
Thus, Shakespeare chose not to impose a didactically political or moral theme on his material, which could not support it anyway. Instead, Shakespeare made the very ambiguity of Caesar and his assassination the focus of his play.
The heart of this ambiguity is identified by Cicero in act 1, scene 3, the night before the assassination. Casca reports the terrible portents he has witnessed to Cicero, and Cicero responds with the following sententia: Indeed, it is a strange-disposed time: But men may construe things, after their fashion, Clean from the purpose of the things themselves.
The times are indeed strangely disposed, as Rome undergoes its transformation from republic to empire, and, as Cicero observes, one's "fashion," that is, one's personality, predispositions, and biases, dictate one's perceptions of reality, including one's self-perception.
Interpretation, Cicero tells us, is a woefully subjective enterprise, fraught with the perils of error, and Julius Caesar is full of such errors—and perils—especially for those who ignore the "fashions" of others and their own. Fortin takes an epistemological approach to the play, arguing that it is a "deliberate experiment in point of view, intended to reveal the limitations of human knowledge" and that Cicero's lines "form the thematic center of the play.
Palmer similarly claims that "Cicero's words express a truth to which the whole tragedy bears witness" but that that truth is rooted in Elizabethan psychology, which regarded "[d]elusion, bad judgment and immoral or irrational behavior … as the result of passion supplanting reason.
Rice asserts that Julius Caesar rejects Brutus's Stoicism and Cassius's Epicureanism as "inadequate both as definitions of human capability and as guides to human conduct"; instead, the play echoes "Pyrrhonic doubt of the capability of human judgment. Scott emphasizes skepticism about "uniquely privileged self-knowledge [that] was by no means secure in Shakespeare's time.
It is generally accepted that Shakespeare attended the King's New School in Stratford, and there he would have been subjected to a rigorous rhetorical curriculum that has been thoroughly researched by T.
A Rhetorical Context for the "Sententia" as "Res," has more recently argued that the Elizabethan love of proverbs, of aphorisms, of maxims, of sententiae, especially their use in grammar school curricula, produced "a strong theoretical paradigm that made the sententia the ordering principle of poetic discourse" and that "Shakespeare constructed dramatic poems shaped by the implications, applications, extensions, and other permutations" of a sententia.Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar has many memorable lines, but none more so than “Beware the Ides of March.” As it is, today, the 15th of March, I would like to highlight one of the most important themes of the play, which is the dilemma of Brutus.
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