The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

Discuss the reasons the people sided with Mark Antony. Explain your answer by discussing each speaker’s use of persuasive language, including the appeals to pathos and logos as well as the rhetorical devices. Brutus uses logos to explain logically and rationally the reason for Caesar’s assassination. He appeals to reason using epimone—that any Roman would want freedom for the Republic over Caesar’s dictatorship—to defend the assassination of Caesar, a man he did indeed love.Mark Antony relies on the rhetoric of pathos, including using Caesar’s stabbed corpse, memories of his military career, tears, and heavy, emotional language to provoke the crowd. He manipulates them to turn against the conspirators by using subtle attacks against Brutus’ reputation. His rebuttal of Brutus’ claims calls into question Brutus’ honor and integrity. By the end of his speech, the Romans are rioting, calling for the deaths of Caesar’s murderers.
What is the difference between a major and a minor character? A major character plays a big role in the plot, while a minor character has a less important story line.
How does The Tragedy of Julius Caesar explore the theme of betrayal? As the tragic figure in the play, Brutus’ involvement in Caesar’s assassination, in which Brutus murders his friend, eventually leads to his downfall.
How does Shakespeare use language and dialogue to create a sense of anxiety and frenzy among the conspirators just before the assassination? The conspirators exchange short bursts of one-syllable words, which shows their urgency and fear that the assassination might not succeed.
Read the excerpt below from act 3.2 of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar and answer the question that follows.ANTONY:If you have tears, prepare to shed them now.You all do know this mantle1. I rememberThe first time ever Caesar put it on.’Twas on a summer’s evening in his tent,That day he overcame the Nervii2.Look, in this place ran Cassius’ dagger through.See what a rent the envious Casca made.Through this the well-belovèd Brutus stabbed;1. A cloak.2. One of Caesar’s military conquests. Which rhetorical appeal does Mark Antony use in the above excerpt? Mark Antony uses an appeal to pathos by first recalling the memory of Caesar’s military success and then showing his body stabbed by the conspirators.
Which theme exemplifies the dispute between Mark Antony and Octavius at the opening of act 5? Betrayal accompanies the quest for power.
At the end of act 4 of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, which component of plot structure has not been entirely revealed? resolution
Why does Cassius not want Mark Antony to have the opportunity to speak at Caesar’s funeral? Why does Brutus allow it anyway? Cassius does not trust Mark Antony, and he feels that Antony is going to use this opportunity to turn the people against them. Brutus is willing to allow it because he feels it will show that they are not evil, that they want a strong future for Rome, and that they want everyone to come together.
Read the excerpt below from act 3.1 The Tragedy of Julius Caesar and complete the instruction that follows.BRUTUS:I kiss thy hand, but not in flattery, Caesar,Desiring thee that Publius Cimber mayHave an immediate freedom of repeal.CAESAR:What, Brutus?Explain the foreshadowing of this excerpt. As the conspirators are trying to persuade Caesar to pardon Publius Cimber, Caesar is surprised that Brutus is speaking with them. This foreshadows the fact that Brutus is also acting with them in the assassination of Caesar. It is when Caesar discovers this ultimate betrayal that he gives up fighting and dies.
Read the excerpt below from act 5.1 of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar and answer the question that follows.ANTONY:Octavius, lead your battle softly onUpon the left hand of the even field.OCTAVIUS:Upon the right hand, I; keep thou the left.ANTONY:Why do you cross me in this exigent?OCTAVIUS:I do not cross you, but I will do so.How does this exchange show the tension between Mark Antony and Octavius? This exchange shows disagreement over military strategy; it recalls the disagreement between Mark Antony and Octavius in act 4 over Lepidus’ suitability for a role in the Second Triumvirate. It also foreshadows the future downfall of Rome as a result of their disagreement and hostility.
How do the tensions among the characters of the play also reflect the themes of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar? The Tragedy of Julius Caesar deals with the themes of fate, betrayal, and honor, among others. The chief conflict of the play centers on the conspirators’ hatred of Julius Caesar’s increasing power, which could lead to his becoming king and to the dissolution of the Republic. This tension is about power, one of the play’s themes. Also, the men who will assassinate Caesar are his friends, and the play explores the limits of that bond as it is tested by ambition and power.
What is the difference between flat and round characters? Flat characters are one-dimensional characters with less important story lines; round characters are multifaceted with story lines that are essential to the plot.
Read the excerpt below from The Tragedy of Julius Caesar and answer the question that follows. CAESAR:I could be well moved if I were as you.If I could pray to move, prayers would move me.But I am constant as a Northern Star,Of whose true fixed and resting qualityThere is no fellow in the firmament . . . .So in the world: ’tis furnished well with men,And men are flesh and blood, and apprehensive;Yet in the number I do know but oneThat unassailable holds on his rank,Unshaked of motion; and that I am he . . . . How does Caesar’s description of himself support or conflict with his past behaviors with other characters? Caesar describes himself as “constant as a Northern Star,” meaning that he is reliable and consistent. He believes that he is the guiding light of Rome and his leadership is necessary. Yet, the audience notices from his interactions with Calpurnia and Decius that he is greatly affected by flattery. He changes his mind on a whim but especially if it will garner him more praise.

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