The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. All of Shakespeare’s plays are written in Blank verse - this is unrhymed iambic pentameter. iambic pentameter - each line of poetry in the play contains this. An iamb contains an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable. Example - Prepare.
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Example - Prepare
Example : The evil that men do lives after them
Archaic - old-fashioned words no longer used today. Many of these words are seen in Shakespeare’s plays.
Thou shall mind thy own manners, granny!
Thou art old!
Greek and Roman history had a great appeal for the English in the Elizabethan Age. Many times Shakespeare would take plots from historical events and create suspenseful plays from them.
The play, Julius Caesar, is about the assassination of the Roman military commander and dictator who lived from 102 to 44 BC. It contains murder, political, psychological, and moral turmoil.
Caesar was a powerful Roman
general along with his friend,
Pompey and both brought order
to the weakening Roman
Wanting more power, Caesar went to battle in parts of Europe (Gallic Wars) and collected money to give to the Roman government.
Caesar to give up
and makes her ruler
SCENE 3: Cassius meets fellow conspirators to finalize plans of “C’s” downfall. He gives Cinna forged letters (of people begging for Brutus’ help)to be planted at Brutus’ home.
Vocabulary: Saucy, Mettle, Infirmity
Assignment: Cassius delivers a soliloquy that reveals a plot to influence Brutus to participate in the conspiracy to overthrow Caesar. In a well developed paragraph, discuss what this plot entails and include a citation or citations to back up your discussion.
Discussion: Why is it that serious conflicts often end violently? What are other methods are there to end a conflict—other than violence?