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