The plot:• First act.• Second act.• Third act.• Fourth act.• Fifth act. Julius Caesar was first performed at The Globe Theatre in 1599.
Julius Caesar became the most powerful man of Rome. February 44 B.C. First act Set in a Roman streetCasca, Cassius and Cinna plotagainst Caesar draw Brutus in their conspiracy
Second act:Brutus’s republican ideologies Brutus decides to kill Caesaremerge Bust of Brutus
Third act Caesar is assassinated AntonyBrutus tries to justify Bust of Mark Antony organizes a mutinyCeasar’s killing against brutus gives is funeral oration in the market place.
Fourth actDraws up a list Military dictatorship composedof cospirators to by:kill Antony Octavius Lepidus
Fifth actBrutus and Cassius commit Cospirators are defeated at suicide Philippi by the army of the second triumvirateAntony honoursBrutus’s corpse
Julius Caesar:• Is the protagonist and the Even when title character of the play; he is absent• Embodies an anytesis Causes all the actioncauses his downfall
Can be considered the Brutus protagonist Is most complex characer in his psycheman of Renaissance A tragic flaw His sence of“If then that friend demand why principles andBrutus rose against Caesar, this is my nobilityanswer: - not that I loved Ceasar less,but that I loved Rome more -”Act III, Scene II, lines 20-22
- charming Antony - pratical - with a subtle political mentality turns the crowd against the cospirators the power of words praises Brutus asAttacks and defeats “an honourableBrutus and Cassius at man”Philippi “ Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears.” Act III, Scene II, line 70
The rhetoric of politics The maker of history Two microcosms irony rhetoric form make a macrocosm the play
What are virtues in the public man?• Ambition• Clever Brutus is unable to judge people Antony embodies these virtues Is too honest and good Are honesty and goodness virtues in public men?
Julius Caesar The mirror of the Elizabethan order based on the chain Universe of being ruled by God The king’s right to rule came from himself the opposition to the king is an opposition to God causes a disorder in the system
Reflection:Julius Caesar Is it right Political Historical play assassination Very popular during the Age of Discovery: To kill a powerful ruler? like Caesar or- teaching function Elizabeth I- mirror of Elizabethan reality
Message of “Julius Only the benevolent Caesar”: ruler warranty of order and Shakespeare unityNo against strong Elizabeth Irulers