would you recommend the play Julius Caesar to your friends? Why?would you recommend the play Julius Caesar to your friends? Why?

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enotechris eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Whether during the Roman Empire, Elizabethan England, or our own time, the themes of politics, power, corruption, and revolution presented in Julius Caesar remain universal. Even the Founders during the American Revolution quoted from the assassination scene in defining their colonial struggle against Britain: “How many Ages hence / Shall this our lofty Scene be acted ouer, / In State unborne, and Accents yet vnknowne? .... So often shall the knot of vs be call'd, / The Men that gaue their Country liberty.” In addition to telling a bit of Roman history and touching on the universal phenomena that occurs under extreme governments, Julius Caesar, like many of Shakespeare’s plays, is the source of many phrases still in circulation, like “It’s all Greek to me,” and “The Dogs of War.” Finally, the play exemplifies the power of propaganda and the resulting ability to manipulate the populace through Caesar’s, Brutus’ and Mark Antony’s various speeches, a phenomena akin to our own experiences in the age of electronic media.

pmiranda2857 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Yes, I would recommend this play, as a lover of history, being brought back to Ancient Rome is a real treat. 

It is a fascinating play because we get to see the private and public lives of the political characters.  

It is a glimpse into the private lives of some of history's most famous politicians.  And Shakespeare writes the dialogue as if he were there when it happened. 

The play examines timeless topics such as power, corruption, betrayal, friendship.

Just like all of Shakespeare's works, it is very relevant to today as it will be to tomorrow.  His work is so appealing because within his writing lies a deep reflection and understanding of the  human condition. 

Humanity with all of its joys and failings is captured so beautifully in Shakespeare's work, Julius Caesar is particularly entertaining to anyone who loves history, Ancient Rome, or enjoys the machinations of politics. 

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