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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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