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Julius Caesar AP Teaching Unit
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- What is Shakespeare’s purpose in creating different speech patterns for different (types of) characters? Why do some characters speak in prose and others in poetry? Pay special attention to the eulogies given in Act III.
- Why would Elizabethans have considered the slaying of Caesar an unnatural act? Point out how this idea is reinforced by comments and incidents from the play. Include discussion on how the play concludes.
- Discuss the different reasons for the conspirators’ desires to see Caesar dead. Be sure to determine motives for each character.
- The wives of Caesar and Brutus appear only briefly in the play. How does Shakespeare use them?
- Why is Lucius almost always seen sleeping? What does this say about his master, Brutus?
- Why is there no significant comic relief in this play?
- Is Brutus a good example of an Aristotelian tragic hero? Try to see both sides of the question.
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