A perspective is a representation of a particular event, situation or personality formulated due to varying ideologies prevalent within a particular time period. As such we see, persuasive texts endeavor to utilise the fears within our context, in order to instigate an emotive response through the use of manipulative language, which ultimately leads to the infiltration of our psyche. This is prevalent within Shakespeare’s historical tragedy Julius Caesar, the October 2001 TIME magazine article, “The Manhunt Goes Global” composed by John Cloud et al, in addition with Michael Moore’s 2004 scathing documentary film Fahrenheit 9/11. As a result of their times of composition, we see conflicting perspectives concerning the fear of tyranny arising within these texts. This tyranny for a contemporary audience may be the rise of terrorism induced by 9/11, hence leading to dichotomous views as to the responsibility of these attacks. Through the use of rhetoric and persuasive language within the texts the composers utilise the fear of tyranny to shape the response of an internal and external audience. Through the funeral orations, Brutus, a stoic character uses syllogism in “There is tears for his love…honour for his valor and death for his ambition” to reinforce the concern of dictatorship predominant within the Roman context of the play by compelling the Plebeians of the righteousness of the assassination. Similarly, this notion of the fear of tyranny is implied in the TIME magazine article, “The Manhunt Goes Global” .The written medium of production as well as the form of a magazine article characterises the use of a subjective tone in order to appeal to the informed and educated audience, “In fact…that French antiterrorist officials have taken to calling the city Londonistan.” The use of neologism ‘Londonistan’ may perhaps suggest the composer’s purpose to affirm the involvement of Al Qaeda through the deliberate manipulation of the motivations within the audience....
...English 10 5th hour
January 18, 2011
Domination with Reason
Descartes once stated that humans were superior to animals due to their ability to reason. Reason – the “universal instrument” – is what allows Man to triumph over nature. While all men are capable of reason, few men possess the ability to use reason to define their roles in society and determine their fates. Marcus Brutus from the play JuliusCaesar, by William Shakespeare, is one such man. Brutus uses his rationale and logical reasoning to surpass challenges and conflicts throughout the story. Brutus ultimately ends his own life, but not before taking the life of JuliusCaesar, the title character of the play. It is this determination of fates that makes Brutus the driving force of the play, and the underlying main character of the story. While Caesar and Brutus are both prominent characters in JuliusCaesar, Brutus exhibits superiority over Caesar and influences the outcome of the play, leaving the reader the impression that he is the main character of the play.
In the beginning of the play, both Caesar and Brutus are portrayed as respectable and honorable leaders in the minds of the common people. Caesar’s nobility is best depicted in Antony’s speech, “I shall remember./ When Caesar says ‘Do this,’ it is...
...In the play JULIUSCAESAR Brutus is the most noble character. He stands up for what he believes in, risks his life for Rome, and doesn't seem to be concerned with personal gain. Yet for all of Brutus's good qualities, his troubles stem from his decision to murder a man and his misjudgment about the consequences. Brutus's honor convinces him that they shouldn't dispose of Antony when the other men want to, and his trust in Antony's honor leads him to believe Antony's funeral speech will not be an invitation to riot. His final words are most telling – he doesn't die just to avenge Caesar, but instead leaves a complicated legacy: "Caesar, now be still: I kill'd not thee with half so good a will." This acknowledges the debt Brutus owes to Caesar, and it admits that Brutus sees some of his own failings too – leading him to embrace his own death. It's not that Brutus didn't willingly kill Caesar. He's as committed to his own death now as he was to Caesar's then. Brutus commits an act of self-sacrifice with no pride or self-pity. He's humble about what he's done (both good and bad) and quietly accepting of his own fate.
Brutus is a good friend of Caesar, who believes highly in his principles. His principles somewhat control how he behaves. He is influenced by ideas, instead of what other people think. In the play JuliusCaesar, Brutus becomes the most...
...Study Guide for “The Tragedy of JuliusCaesar” by William Shakespeare
The following questions will help you to prepare for your eventual test over “JuliusCaesar”. 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.
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 fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, / But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” Based on this, what can you infer about Cassius?
6) The crowd shouts three times for what?
7) Who are the most loyal supporters of Caesar in Act I?
8) At the end of Scene 2, what does Cassius plan?
9) In Scene 3, Shakespeare uses a violent storm and other unusual natural events to suggest something. What is he suggesting?
10) In Scene 3, Cicero says to Casca, “this disturbed sky / Is not to walk in.” Other than the weather, Cicero is referring to the fact that he __________________
11) What is included in the exposition of Act I?
12) Who is the...
Brutus vs. Antony
In Shakespeare’s, JuliusCaesar, Cassius states that he wishes Brutus could see himself as others see him, so then Brutus would realize how honored and respected he is. Cassius wants Caesar out of any power that he holds so he talks Brutus into killing Caesar. At first Brutus is hesitant towards the idea but after Cassius persuades him, Brutus decides to kill Caesar along with the other conspirators. The men agree that they need to get Caesar out of his home to kill him. They decide to lure him to the Senate. Caesar’s wife begs him not to go but Caesar does not listen to her. When Caesar arrives to the Senate, he talks to the conspirators as they are all bowing at his feet. Then, one by one, they stab Caesar. When Antony sees Caesar dead, he asks why they did it. Brutus replies that he will explain their purpose at his funeral. Antony asks to be allowed to speak over the body as well and Brutus grants him permission. Little does Brutus know that Antony’s speech will turn around and bit Brutus in the butt. At the funeral, Brutus and Antony give their speeches but Antony’s speech is better than Brutus’ speech only because he uses sarcasm.
Brutus’ speech is more formal and directed towards the Roman people. In the introduction of his speech, he starts with “Romans, countrymen, and lovers, bear me for...
Shakespeare vs History
Every writer tries to make his/her interpretations and to show different sides of characters. Even historical person can be changed by an author. For example “JuliusCaesar” written by William Shakespeare. In spite of the fact that there are not a lot of differences between historical JuliusCaesar and Shakespearean one, still there exist some Shakespeare’s interpretations and different opinions about him. There exist some facts in history about JuliusCaesar that were not mentioned in Shakespeare’s play.
First of all it must be described what kind of a person JuliusCaesar really was? Historical JuliusCaesar. When he was young he was really obstinate but really clever at the same time. He loved drinking and women really much, but then he totally changed his lifestyle and he became a strong soldier. Once he was arrested by the pairates. During the captivity Caesar behaved as he was a leader of the pairates.Julius Caesar was menacing them to punish strictly and he did it. When he returned to Rome he blowed all the pairates on the crosses. He was a really strong person. Another affirmation that he was a powerful person is one fact. Once he decided to become the main preast when there were elections. His words...
...In act III, scene ii William Shakespeare’s JuliusCaesar, Brutus and Antony both deliver speeches to the roman public at Caesar funeral. Both of their purpose in speaking to the roman citizens to defend their belief regarding Caesar’s assassination and convince the audience. In the following essay, I will illustrate Antony’s speech was more rhetorically powerful than Brutus. I will analyze the strength, credibility and effectiveness of each speech based on the insight of Aristotle.
Antony’s speech was more powerful than Brutus can be evaluated by finding the strength of each speech. According to Aristotle, strong speeches have a balance of both appeals of argument (logical and emotional). If both logical and emotional appeals are not incorporated, the speech wouldn’t be strong. Logical appeals use supporting reasons convince an audience of a certain point and emotional appeals target the emotion of the audience by appealing to imagery, pity and nostalgia to create some kind of connection with the speaker. Brutus speech exemplifies the use of logical appeals to justify his position regarding Caesar death. He provides reasons to convince the audience that Caesar needed to die. For examples, he offers the roman citizens a reason for why Caesar had to die, when he claims that if Caesar was alive the people of rome would be turned into slaves. As he states, “had you rather were...
...Based on his thoughts and actions, how would you describe Caesar?
In Act II JuliusCaesar is barraged with warnings to stay home and not go to the Senate, but he ignores them. Calpurnia, his spouse, tells of a dream she had and fears for Caesar's safety. The priests also warn Caesar. However, Decius is able to persuade Caesar to go to the Senate that morning. Considering his actions and thoughts in Act II,Caesar is a ruler who rejects superstitions and is concerned about how he is perceived by others.
As scene 2 opens, there is a thunder storm that sets an eerie tone. Calpurnia reveals her dream to Caesar and expresses concern for his safety. She then warns Caesar to stay home. Julius replies that the work of the mighty gods can not be avoided. He also contends that death is inescapable and therefore he will go to the Senate. His servant thereupon returns with the news that the priests likewise warn Caesar not to go out that morning. Caesar also discards the advice of the priests and asserts his bravery and superiority over others. Eventually, Calpurnia persuades him to stay at home. This shows Caesar as a man who is willing to set aside his priorities to please his wife.
Once Decius enters Julius is content to stay home. However, Decius manipulates Calpurnia's dream into a positive...
...perspectives based on select situations. In William Shakespeare’s tragic play, JuliusCaesar, the opposing justifications of Caesar’s death causes the Roman citizens to lose their own sense of opinion. Similarly, Rod Lurie’s film, Nothing But The Truth, portrays conflicting views on the importance of national security. Through literary language and cinematic techniques, both composers have represented conflicting perspectives which entertain the audience.
In Shakespeare’s JuliusCaesar, the conspirators believed that Caesar’s downfall was necessary in order to protect Rome. This is contrasted with Antony’s view that it was purely based on self benefits . The parallelism in the quotations, “Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more,” and, “as he was valiant, I honour him, but, as he was ambitious, I slew him,” shows Brutus’ rationale based on national wellbeing. Repetition of, “If any, speak; for him I have offended,” is Brutus’ appeal to the plebians and the audience ; stating that he and the conspirators meant no harm in silencing Caesar. Shakespeare’s use of logos in Brutus’ oration promptly converts the public’s opinion of Caesar’s death and thus shedding the conspirators’ portrayal as murderers. This demonstrates how people’s opinions are misguided by the use of rhetoric .
Antony, on the other hand, sees the murder as an act of betrayal. As he was an...