Julius Caesar Study Guide

Julius Caesar Study Guide

Original title:
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar

The tragedy by William Shakespeare isn’t his most famous work, but definitely worth discovering. Only after having read “Julius Caesar” can the reader truly ponder upon author’s words of wisdom. This work had given source to many quotes and notions that live till our days.

The plot begins with a pompous celebration of another one of Caesar’s victory. The great warrior and soon to become ruler ignores the signs and prophecy being all-fired sure of himself, his beauty, his might and eternity. Meanwhile his closest allies, Brutus and Cassius, doubt the appropriateness of his candidacy to govern the empire.

The birth of a plot against a great man comes with great remorse and excruciation. The reader feels every punch of it. As it often happens, it’s not the one you suspect who actually plans your demise. Cassius has to forge a good deal of facts to persuade Brutus to act. In the name of the people’s will even the noblest people are willing to do wrong.

The arrogance of the great warrior impedes him from hearing his instincts, reading the notes or listening to warnings. He is led into a trap and dies surrounded by once friends. Not long after the incident, his murderers experience the same fate. Some die from their own hands, some with the help of Caesar’s followers.

The tragedy dwells upon fickleness of power and eternity of good will provoking sinful actions. The role of women in the play is one of the most active among all other Shakespeare’s plays. They openly predict the things that are about to happen and are being ignored by their spouses just like by society in general.

Ironically, after a potential tyrant is overthrown the country is thrown into chaos. The freedom is gained, but the life is lost. The tragedy of the story is even in the fact that at the end Caesar’s follower, Antony, admits the good intentions and public service of Brutus. Overall, very multifaceted story worth reading.

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