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Julius Caesar Essay

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ENGLISH ESSAY – Julius Caesar
Passionate convictions and articulating views are represented in texts, which contribute to the manipulation of our views. These elements are evident in Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar,’ ABC News’ article, ‘Bill Henson’s case’ and Kev Carmondy’s song ‘This Land is Mine/This Land is Me.’ The primary stimulus, ‘Julius Caesar’ shows how an individual’s perspective can be defined as a way of seeing or interpreting a situation or set of facts based on a certain level of judgment, whilst Carmondy and ABC New’s text help supplement and reinforce the differing perspectives.

In Shakespeare’s ’Julius Caesar,’ what characters say and think about each other, has a ...view middle of the document...

..As he was valiant, I honour him; but as he was ambitious, I slew him.” His approach was light and slim, only able to capture the mob’s perception for a short time. An excessive use of parallelism and contrast is used, “joy for his fortune … and death for his ambition.” where nearly every sentence has parallel parts that balance each other with a sense of mechanical regularity. This is combined with the use of rhetorical questions to give an epigrammatic quality to his words whilst numbing the listener due to the lack of structural variety.  Brutus’ spoke primarily of himself, incorporating numerous inclusive pronouns, “Believe me for mine honour/Censure me/I loved” in order to shield himself from his reasoned crime. His speech implicitly aimed at protecting his honoured image and reputation. This generated a fragile excuse for his actions, but was still able to sway the Roman Plebeians.
Cassius's perspective on Caesar is that he has ambitions that seek to raise himself up above other Romans. Cassius's perspective is very much that Caesar is a mere man and no better than any other Roman. 'I was born as free as Caesar, so were you.' His recollection of the time he saved Caesar from drowning had a great influence on his view on Caesar, “Tis true, this god did shake.” He ironically utilizes the term ‘god’ as he was astonished that a man of such physical weakness can now have the reputation of greatness, “'Ye gods, it doth amaze me / A man of such a feeble temper should / So get the start of the majestic world.” Cassius’ soliloquy exposes his deceit and manipulation, “Well, Brutus, thou art noble; yet I see Thy honourable metal may be wrought from that it is disposed.” His play on words showing his belief that he will be able to manipulate Brutus; honourable “mettle,” as if it were heated metal being changed into something new and finally target Caesar with his own loved companion. There is an element of personal jealousy in Cassius. It is evident in his metaphorical language:, 'Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world / Like a Colossus and we petty men' His simile of ‘Colossus’ also produces imagery of the flawed Caesar. Cassius represents Caesar as a tyrant. Cassius takes it personally and will act on the matter. Therefore, through a variety of literary techniques, embedded in various character convictions and opposing views, Shakespeare is able to blur the line between the real or fake Caesar, ultimately allowing the...

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