Conflicting Perspectives Julius Caesar Essay Prompt

Julius Caesar

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Study Guide for “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar” by William Shakespeare

The following questions will help you to prepare for your eventual test over “Julius Caesar”. While I will not be collecting this, it is on you to make sure that you are answering the questions as we go. Your test will be taken directly from this study guide.

Act I
1) Judging from the events in Act I, the political mood and behavior of the Romans are best described how?
2) When we first see Brutus, he appears to be ________________________.
3) Which line from Act I foreshadows what will happen to Caesar?
4) “Truly, sir… I am but, as you would say, a cobbler” is an example of what literary device?
5) Cassius states, “Men at some time are masters of their fates: / The…show more content…

35) How would one best describe the reaction of plebeians to the speeches by Brutus and Antony?
36) What is the difference between the two funeral orations?
37) Antony says to the assembled mob, “Good friends, sweet friends, let me not stir you up / To such a sudden flood of mutiny.” What is Antony trying to do by saying this?
38) When does the turning point of the play occur?
39) After the conspirators kill Caesar, they bathe their hands and swords in his blood. How does this foreshadow the end of the play? What do you think will happen?
40) When Cassius speaks in an aside to Brutus about whether or not Antony should speak at Caesar’s funeral, who can hear him? Who else is on stage with him?
41) Why is Antony’s speech not considered a soliloquy?
42) Possible Essay question from Act III: In Scene 2, Antony turns a shocked and confused crowd of mourners into an angry mob of rioters. On a separate sheet of paper, be prepared to write a paragraph that describes how this transformation occurs. Cite at least three ways by which Antony achieves this effect.

Act IV
43) Who is involved in the planned military conflict of Act IV?
44) In his attitude toward Lepidus, how is Antony characterized?
45) What is Brutus’ main motivation?
46) What issue stands between Brutus and Cassius?
47) In his treatment of Cassius, how is Brutus characterized?
48) Who is the poet who appears in Brutus’ tent in Scene 3?
49) Cassius and Brutus argue over where they should do battle with

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Comparison of the Two Speeches in Julius Caesar Essays

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Comparison of the Two Speeches in Julius Caesar

In William Shakespeare's play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, two speeches are given to the people of Rome about Caesar's death. In Act 3, Scene 2 of this play Brutus and Antony both try to sway the minds of the Romans toward their views. Brutus tried to make the people believe he killed Caesar for a noble cause. Antony tried to persuade the people that the conspirators committed an act of brutality toward Caesar and were traitors. The effectiveness and ineffectiveness of both Antony's and Brutus's speech to the people are conveyed through tone and rhetorical devices.

Brutus made his speech effective in persuading the people by using tone and rhetorical devices. Brutus was…show more content…

Brutus tells them people then he had done no more to Caesar than they will do to him.

Brutus's speech was ineffective in giving them reasons for Caesar's ambition. This gave Antony a large gap to turn the people against Brutus. Brutus told the people to believe him for his honor , and to respect him for his honor, so that they may believe. He is telling them to believe him for his honor and not for the reasons he gives. Brutus repeated many times that Caesar was ambitious but never once said how or why. This left the people with a question in their mind.

Antony used the explicit gap in Brutus's speech to turn the people quickly against Brutus. Antony began his speech with a detached tone in lines 77 -79 of his speech by saying, "The evil men do lives after them, the good is oft entered with their bones; so let it be with Caesar." Antony wanted the people to believe he was impartial toward the situation, therefore, he would speak the truth. Antony put Brutus's honor in question by telling how Caesar did and gave so much to the people, and yet the honorable Brutus said he was ambitious. Antony reminded the people Caesar gave the ransom Caesar collected from prisoners he had captured for the public funds, and wept for his people, and how refused a kingly crown three times. On lines 113 - 115 a plebeian said, "Mark ye his word? He would not take the crown, therefore 'tis certain he was not ambitious." showing the people

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