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Power

When it seems evident to the conspirators in Shakespeare's play that Julius Caesar is headed for absolute power, he becomes a threat to the ideals and values of the Roman Republic.  They assas...

Fate and Free Will

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. (1.2.9) That's what Cassius says to Brutus as the two contemplat...

Friendship

Male bonds are funny things in Julius Caesar.  Men in the play must to choose between loyalty to their friends and loyalty to the Roman Republic, which leads to some of the most famous example...

Art and Culture

Just about all of Shakespeare's works contain self-referential, or "metatheatrical" moments, but in Julius Caesar Shakespeare takes it to a whole new level by forging a relationship between the the...

Gender

It's definitely a man's world in Julius Caesar. Characters who display any signs of weakness in the masculine realm of politics and warfare are considered sissies. Women are considered weak and irr...

Manipulation

In Julius Caesar, manipulation seems like a professional sport. Politicians use their rhetorical skills to gain power and to influence large, fickle crowds, and seeming friends lie outright to eac...

Pride

When it comes to pride, Julius Caesar is the star of the show, as he's the most outwardly arrogant. Caesar's total lack of humility seems to be his tragic flaw. His prideful arrogance is a blindin...

Principles

Honor is one of the central conundrums in Julius Caesar. Some actions are done in the name of honor, others in spite of it. National honor challenges personal honor, and obligations and desires p...
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