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disney353 | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted April 24, 2009 at 5:22 AM via web

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Discuss scene with the ghost. How would you perform the ghost scene from a modern audience? What effect would it have had in Elizabethean times?

JULIUS CAESAR - ACT 4, Scene 3

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disney123 | Student , Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted April 24, 2009 at 10:55 PM (Answer #2)

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you have the same name as i

 

and in reference to the ghost 

in Elizabethean times they would have been really really freaked out and it would represent an omen

these days in theatre just put over your head a white cloth and act the ghost scene...but people aren't going to be scared....it'll have more of a humorous effect

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mshurn | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 25, 2009 at 8:36 PM (Answer #3)

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If I were staging the scene between Brutus and Caesar's ghost, I would use the technique Shakeseare used in Macbeth when Macbeth sees the dagger floating in the air. There is no stage prop dagger in front of Macbeth; the audience does not see any dagger at all, except in their imaginations as Macbeth describes it. Imagination can be a powerful force, and the dagger seems very real as Macbeth watches it turn bloody in front of his eyes.

In the scene between Brutus and the ghost, we don't have to see any ghostly presence for the scene to be effective. A good actor playing Brutus could make the ghost seem real indeed as he reacted to it with horror. The voice of the ghost could come from a recording device planted on the stage. 

Shakespeare's audience believed in the supernatural. A modern audience might not believe that Caesar's ghost was real, but modern audiences still love supernatural stories. A reading of modern movie titles proves this to be true. 

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disney123 | Student , Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted April 27, 2009 at 5:06 AM (Answer #4)

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thanks guys this is really helpful

 

another point to make is that, while staging the scene we could like dress up as a ghost and make Brutus appear freaked out...like a clone of Caesar....only it's a vision, like the feast in Macbeth.

i agree with the macbeth scenes. the audience supposedly doesn't see any ghost accept Macbeth, or in this case Caesar

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neha15 | Student , Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 23, 2009 at 2:23 AM (Answer #5)

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hey even i need the answer to a similar question.

btw...The role of ghost in the play is specially letting us know the fate of brutus and that justice will be served. The message is very clear that Brutus, deep inside, knows that he has wronged Ceasar.

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