Julius Caesar

What is even more apparent, and very typical of Shakespeare, is the crystallisation of character in history, the emergence of individual personalities, and thus the inextricability of public and private affairs.

[Shakespeare, William. Julius Caesar. Spevack, Marvin (ed.) The New Cambridge Shakespeare. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. p.14]

Representation as Conspiracy or Solidarity?

Representation within Julius Caesar is arguably most prominent through the conspiracy to murder Caesar. As Module C: Representation and Text is all about exploring the link between the representation and text, that is the textual meaning constructed through representation, students will need to consider how the act of murdering Caesar is portrayed. Students may consider the representations of Cassius and Brutus in the lead up to Caesar’s as they debate the necessity of the act. Students can then also look at the very public speeches of Brutus and Antony after the murder. It may be quite difficult to select which particular areas or themes to analyse, so having detailed and accessible notes is a must in preparing for your essay.

Students may, for example, compare and contrast the overarching juxtapositions of private and public affairs right down to the representations of Brutus ‘Do grace to Caesar’s corpse, and grace his speech / Tending to Caesar’s glories…’(3.2.49-50) and Antony ‘But Brutus says he was ambitious, / And Brutus is an honorable man.’(3.2.78-79)

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