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Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

  

by William Shakespeare

Julius Caesar Themes

Julius Caesar Themes

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. In other words,...

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. (1.2.138-140) That's what Cassius says to Brutus as the two cont...

Friendship

Like ostriches and Lake Titicaca, 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 t...

Art and Culture

Hold onto your brooches people—we're about to get meta in here. Just about all of Shakespeare's works contain self-referential, or "metatheatrical" moments, but in Julius Caesar Shakespeare take...

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 ir...

Manipulation

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

Pride

When it comes to pride, Julius Caesar takes the gold. He's the most outwardly arrogant—and considering some of the other characters we're introduced to, that's saying a lot. Caesar's total lack o...

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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