Would you paraphrase these two sentences?    1. Ceasar was the victim of the perennial problem of sucessful people. 2. "You too, Brutus?" was his expression of anguish as ceasar submitted to the...

Would you paraphrase these two sentences?

 

 

1. Ceasar was the victim of the perennial problem of sucessful people.

2. "You too, Brutus?" was his expression of anguish as ceasar submitted to the weapons of his murderers.

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Of course, you can paraphrase each of these in a variety of ways.  I'll give you a couple examples.

For the first sentence.

  • Successful people always have problems.  Caesar fell victim to these problems.
  • Caesar fell victim to the problem (or problems -- whichever you think is better) that all successful people have (or face).

For the second sentence:

  • As Caesar was being murdered, "You too, Brutus?" was his anguished question.
  • "You too, Brutus?" was what Caesar asked in anguish as the conspirators stabbed him to death.
readerofbooks eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Here are some paraphrases.

1. Successful people have their own problems; the envy of other people.

2. There is one problem that is specific to the successful, the envy of others. Who ever envied an unsuccessful man?

3. Envy is such a powerful motivation the even Caesar was shocked at what it did to Brutus, as Caesar uttered, "You, too Brutus."

4. As Caesar fell victim to the machinations of his murders, he uttered in anguish, "You too, Brutus?"

mszachery | Student

There are a plethora of ways you could do this. But I would have to say to relate to my students I would break it down as such:

1.  In the words of Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, "More Money more problems."  With success comes much responsibility.

2. The shock of learning that his "friend" has betrayed him...he states "you too, Brutus?"

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