Why did William Shakespeare write Julius Caesar?
To address this question it's necessary to look at the political background against which Shakespeare wrote Julius Caesar. Queen Elizabeth I had been on the throne for forty-one years. Under her rule, England had reached a zenith of power, wealth, and influence. The Queen was widely hailed as Gloriana, a wise, tough-minded monarch, both loved and respected by millions.
At the same time, however, it was notable that Elizabeth had not openly named her successor. Many people at the time,...
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