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Julius Caesar. A Tragedy in 5 Acts By William Shakespeare. Characters. Julius Caesar. Not the main character Characters are preoccupied with him Wants to become emperor (king). Brutus. High-ranking, well-respected nobleman Motivated by his sense of honor

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julius caesar

Julius Caesar

A Tragedy in 5 Acts

By William Shakespeare

julius caesar1
Julius Caesar
  • Not the main character
  • Characters are preoccupied with him
  • Wants to become emperor (king)
brutus
Brutus
  • High-ranking, well-respected nobleman
  • Motivated by his sense of honor
    • Places Rome above his own personal interests
  • His honor is his weakness
mark antony
Mark Antony
  • Loyal friend of Caesar
  • Impulsive, pleasure-seeking, passionate
  • Lives life in the moment
cassius
Cassius
  • Talented general
  • Acquaintance of Caesar
  • Resents that Roman populace revere’s Caesar as a god
  • Shrewd opportunist
  • Lacks integrity
octavius
Octavius
  • Caesar’s adopted son and appointed successor
  • Authoritative figure
  • Later changes his name to Augustus
casca
Casca
  • Conspirator
  • Tribune
    • elected official that represents the common people
  • Rough, blunt
calphurina or calpurnia
Calphurina or Calpurnia
  • Caesar’s wife
  • Invests in the authority of omens and portents
portia
Portia
  • Brutus’s wife
  • Daughter of Cato (Roman Noble)
  • Brutus’s confidante
flavius and murellus
Flavius and Murellus
  • Tribunes who condemn the plebeians for cheering for Caesar , when they use to cheer for his enemy—Pompey
  • Remove decorations from Caesar’s statures during his triumphal parade.
cicero
Cicero
  • Senator
  • Known for his oratorical skill
  • Speaks at Caesar’s triumphal parade
go team
Go Team!

Team Caesar

Team Pompey

Brutus

Cassius

Flavius

Murellus

Casca

Portia

  • Julius Caesar
  • Mark Antony
  • Octavius
  • Lepidus
  • Calphurnia
theme
Theme
  • A central idea or statement
  • Unifies and controls an entire literary work
  • Author’s way of communicating:
    • Ideas
    • Perceptions
    • Feelings
  • Stated or implied
theme examples
Theme examples
  • Brief and meaningful insight; comprehensive vision of life
    • Progress: Victorian works
    • Order and duty: early Roman works
    • Carpe diem (Seize-the –day ): late Roman works
    • Jealousy: Shakespeare’s Othello
theme examples1
Theme examples
  • Complicated doctrine
    • Milton’s theme in Paradise Lost
      • justify the ways of God to men
    • Upton Sinclair, The Jungle
      • Socialism is the only sane reaction to the labor abuses in Chicago meat-packing plants
theme of play
Theme of Play
  • Fate vs. Free Will
  • Public Self vs. Private Self
  • Misinterpretations vs. Misreadings
  • Inflexibility vs. Compromise
  • Rhetoric and Power
motifs
Motifs
  • Recurring structures, contrasts; or literary devices that can help to develop and inform the text’s major themes
motifs in play
Motifs in Play
  • Omens and Portents
  • Letters
    • The power of a written letter depends on the addressee
    • Orators must read the emotions of the crowd, they can adjust their speech and intonations as needed
symbols
Symbols
  • Objects, characters, figures, or colors used to represent abstract ideas or concepts
symbols in play
Symbols in Play
  • Women and Wives
    • Represent the private/domestic realm
resources
Resources
  • www.shoomp.com
  • www.sparknotes.com
  • SparknotesIPhone app