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Why does Shakespeare insert the death of the poet Cinna into Julius Caesar?

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ruthschris | Student | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted January 26, 2007 at 6:56 AM via web

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Why does Shakespeare insert the death of the poet Cinna into Julius Caesar?

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mrerick | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted April 12, 2007 at 12:16 PM (Answer #1)

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In addition to highlighting the mob mentality, the cry "Kill him for his bad verses" is also Shakespeare's way of interjecting a little humor into a very tragic act. This is something he does in many of his tragedies to lighten the mood either before or after one of the most tragic scenes in the play.

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revolution | College Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted July 25, 2009 at 1:22 PM (Answer #2)

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He was trying to forewarned a tragic event that was going to happen in the story and it was portrayed accurately as later on, Julius Caesar was killed knowingly by a group of conspirators. It was trying to add a bit of a comic relief towards a doom and gloom situation and lighten the tense atmosphere

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