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Julius Caesar. Background on William Shakespeare Globe Theatre Literary Devices Tragedy Background on Julius Caesar. Background on William Shakespeare. Born April 23, 1564 Stratford-upon-Avon Actor Writer (comedies, tragedies, histories) Owner- Lord Chamberlain’s Men

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julius caesar
Julius Caesar
  • Background on William Shakespeare
  • Globe Theatre
  • Literary Devices
  • Tragedy
  • Background on Julius Caesar
background on william shakespeare
Background on William Shakespeare
  • Born April 23, 1564
  • Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Actor
  • Writer (comedies, tragedies, histories)
  • Owner- Lord Chamberlain’s Men
  • Poet- Mostly sonnets
  • Stylistic Tools
  • Died April 23, 1616
globe theatre
Globe Theatre
  • In 1599, Shakespeare and associates built this outdoor theatre in London
  • 2,500 seating capacity
  • Groundlings- audience members of theatre
  • Octagonal in shape and 3 stories high
  • Flag flew on days of plays
  • Other characteristics of the theatre- apron stage, trap doors, “the pit”, and the heavens
literary devices
Literary Devices
  • Blank Verse
    • unrhymed lines all in the same meter usually in iambic pentameter
  • Iambic Pentameter
    • An iamb is comprised of an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable
      • da DUM
    • Each line has five iamb = pentameter
  • Anachronisms
    • Events that are out of place in the time period of the piece
    • Ex: If a play is set in Ancient Rome and a character uses a computer
  • Free Verse
  • Puns
    • Deliberate confusion of similar words or phrases for rhetorical effect
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Literary Devices
  • Allusion- an indirect reference by casually mentioning something that’s familiar (In literature we find many allusions to the Bible, mythology, and other traditional forms of literature.
  • Aside- Lines mentioned to the audience or another character on stage (not meant to be heard by all characters on stage).
  • Comic Relief- A bit of humor injected into a serious play to relieve the heavy tension of tragic events
  • Foreshadow- Lines that give a hint or clue to future events (It doesn\'t tell the future but hints at it.)
  • Metonymy - a figure of speech whereby the name of a thing is substituted for the attribute which it suggests. Example: The pen (power of literature or the written word) is mightier than the sword (force).
  • Soliloquy - A single character on stage thinking out loud (a way of letting the audience know what is in the character\'s mind)
tragedy and the tragic hero
Tragedy and the Tragic Hero
  • Definition of tragedy
    • protagonist suffers a serious misfortune
  • Characteristics of the tragic hero
    • will evoke both our pity and terror
    • he/she is usually higher than the reader in moral worth
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Tragedy and the Tragic Hero
  • Characteristics of the tragic hero
    • born of noble birth
    • responsible for own fate
    • has a tragic flaw
    • doomed to make a serious error in judgment
    • meets a tragic death
    • realizes he/she has made an irreversible mistake
    • faces and accepts death with honor
    • falls from great heights or from high esteem
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