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jaiicee | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted June 26, 2010 at 1:38 AM via web

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What would you include in a obituary about Julius Caesar in William Shakespeare's play, The Tradegy of Julius Caesar?

I'd be really helpful if you could provide a couple of examples or starters. I've already gotten a good opening paragraph, and I'd really like it if you could also help with the personality bit... :D Thank you in advance!

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted June 29, 2010 at 7:16 AM (Answer #2)

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If I were to write an obituary about Julius Caesar I would have to look beyond what is just represented in the play.  I would look at his accomplishments and then tally them up.  In the play Caesar is bringing himself to the throne to try and become king of the Romans.  The leader is very self-proud which is the reason that he was killed.  The senate was concerned that if he became any more powerful he would lay claim to the country.  Since an obituary is meant to be kind words spoken, one would not state those facts.

Here are some of Caesar's good qualities.

-He was intelligent.

-Well loved by the people.

-A strong leader.

-Committed to Rome.

-An excellent and wise general.

-A good and devoted husband.

-A father to Rome.


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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 7, 2010 at 8:37 PM (Answer #3)

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Julius Caesar was a general who never lost a war, a statesman, a lawgiver, an orator, an historian, and a mathematician whose government endured for centuries.  His is the man who fixed the calendar, adding July and August to the year.  He created the first newsheet, Acta Diurna (Acts of the Day) which informed the public of the goings-on of the Assembly and the Senate.

Under Julius Caesar, Rome built its empire.  With so many large-scale, enduring wars being waged, Rome placed dictators in power, but they were to step down once the crises were over.  However, Julius Caesar made himself dictator for life (perpetual dictator).  In this act, he demonstrated his tyranny.  He was, indeed, ambitious.  However, he accomplished much.

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e-martin | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 11, 2012 at 2:40 AM (Answer #5)

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Depending on the perspective you will be using (who is writing and when), you might include news of Caesar's murder. Caesar can be painted as a hero and a martyr. A brilliant military leader, Caesar was also a casualty of political warfare.

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