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Julius CaesarDiscuss Caesar as a character or force in the play even after his...

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karen08 | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted March 3, 2012 at 4:57 AM via web

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Julius Caesar

Discuss Caesar as a character or force in the play even after his assassination..

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 3, 2012 at 5:34 AM (Answer #2)

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Everything after Caesar is killed is a reaction to his death. For example, consider the actions of the conspirators. Also, Mark Antony not only gives his famous speech about honorable men, but really does want to avenge Caesar's death and bring them to justice.
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William Delaney | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 3, 2012 at 8:22 AM (Answer #3)

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Evidently Shakespeare wanted to show that Caesar's influence continued to the very end of his play, since otherwise it would seem like the play, being titled Julius Caesar, should have ended with his assassination. It was Caesar's mutilated body and Antony's reading of Caesar's will to the mob that turned them all against Brutus, Cassius, and the other assassins. Shakespeare has Antony predicting in Act 3, Scene 1, that "Caesar's spirit, ranging for revenge, / With Ate by his side come hot from hell, / Shall in these confines with a monarch's voice / Cry 'havoc!' and let slip the dogs of war . . ." This is exactly what happened. Then Caesar visits Brutus in his tent on the night before the battle at Philippi, and towards the end of that battle Brutus says, "O Julius Caesar, thou art mighty yet. / Thy spirit walks abroad, and turns our swords / In our own proper entrails."

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 3, 2012 at 9:29 AM (Answer #4)

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Caesar's actions in life set the stage for the events of the play, and his death is the fulcrum around which the play turns. Caesar creates a situation in which ambitious men like Antony and Octavian are set against men like Brutus. Nowhere is this more evident than in the orations over his body.

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karen08 | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted March 3, 2012 at 11:19 PM (Answer #5)

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Please give me some guildlines as to how to write the answer. As to how to start the answer and what to write in the first paragraph and what to write next and how to end. I do not need the whole answer but just some help and planning.

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 4, 2012 at 2:13 AM (Answer #6)

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Caesar can be seen as a symbol for the populace of Rome after and because of Antony's speech.

To begin your answer, you might discuss how Caesar was defined before he was killed. What did Cassius say abou him? What did Brutus say about him?

Then go on to look at how Antony defines Caesar at the funeral and identify how Antony's view takes on power in the second half of the play.

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karen08 | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted March 4, 2012 at 2:37 AM (Answer #7)

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Thank you so much everyone. Im very grateful.

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