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Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

Julius Caesar (1623)

by William Shakespeare

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I read this in high school. I know I liked it but the details are fuzzy. ( )
  godmotherx5 | Apr 5, 2018 |
One begins to understand cultural references the more one reads Shakespeare, and Julius Caesar is no exception to this rule (this is perhaps especially true for Star Trek fans). The fault being not in our stars but in ourselves is a great bit of poetry that everyone should heed. ( )
  Michael_Rose | Mar 15, 2018 |
An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring:

Bonnie Bedelia as Calpurnia
Jack Coleman as Casca
John de Lancie as Cassius
Richard Dreyfuss as Marc Antony
Harold Gould as Caesar
Kelsey Grammer as Murellus
Arye Gross as Octavius
Stacy Keach as Marcus Brutus
John Randolph as Flavius/Artemidorus
JoBeth Williams as Portia

With Lee Arenberg, David Birney, Josh Fardon, Arthur Hanket, Rudy Hornish, Basil Langton, Jon Matthews, Paul Mercier, James Morrison, Marnie Mosiman, George Murdock, John Vickery, Andrew White, and Paul Winfield.

This full cast recording was excellent. I am always surprised by how many famous lines there are in this play; this time it was the "Cry havoc! and let slip the dogs of war". For some reason, I thought that this line was one of the Henry's... ( )
  leslie.98 | Dec 1, 2017 |
“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.”

A story about how flattery, suspicions, jealousy and pride can get you killed.

Gathering romans celebrate Caesar's war victory by public games in an arena. Caesar is stopped by warning from a stranger "beware the ides of march".
A few jealous senators team up and plan Caesar's death. The 15th of march Caesar's wife has a dream of his death and pleads him not to go to the senate. Flattery takes the reigns and Caesar is stabbed to death, Brutus giving the final blow.
A riot ensues from the funeral as the conspirators are forced to flee from the city. The conspirators gather an army in Greece. Brutus receives news that his wife has committed suicide and sees Caesar's ghost, unable to find sleep before the war.
The republicans seem to have the upper hand when a messengers horse is overtaken by the enemy. Cassius gets a servant to help him die. Brutus finds his body and commits suicide as there is nothing left. ( )
  Jychelle88 | Oct 16, 2017 |
"I seek not to disprove what Brutus spoke." (Mark Antony, pg. 76)

Shakespeare is the master of the laden phrase. Take, for example, the famous utterance by Cassius after Caesar's murder: "How many ages hence Shall this our lofty scene be acted over, In states unborn and accents yet unknown?" (pg. 68). Not only is this often quoted by those eulogizing Shakespeare's enduring popularity, it also has multiple meanings within the context of the play: referring not only to the impact of Caesar's murder on the course of history but to the sad role such assassinations play again and again in human affairs (Lincoln, JFK, etc.) whilst also breaking the fourth wall between actor and audience. And it sounds good, too. Shakespeare is at his eloquent and bursting best here.

In fact, my preconceptions of Julius Caesar were wide of the mark: I expected it to be a rather black-and-white historical epic with ringing rhetoric and lots of blood – more Henry V than Hamlet. Whilst the latter part is true, with fine speeches ('lend me your ears') and one particularly prominent murder, it is rather grey in its morality. Henry V was by no means simplistic (and scholars continue to expend ink on Shakespeare's nuanced portrayal of the King) but it was rather cut-and-dry in terms of who you were to root for. Julius Caesar is more like the later Hamlet or Macbeth in that every character is nuanced (when Brutus reports to Caesar about the Ides of March soothsayer (pg. 36), it reminded me a lot of Macbeth pledging fealty to Duncan, in how he is unwittingly manipulated and unaware of his future course). Caesar is dictatorial but benevolent; Brutus is honourable but easily-led. Cassius is malicious but not wrong in his conscientious mistrust of Caesar's growing power. Mark Antony wins the sympathy of the audience for his loyalty to Caesar, but he is ruthlessly duplicitous to the plebs.

This is the reason I opened my review with a quote from Mark Antony (coming during the 'lend me your ears' speech) as it emphasizes this grey morality and Shakespeare's laden phrases. Whilst deftly turning the crowd against Brutus and his co-conspirators, Antony is couching it in language that would seem harmless to Brutus' ears. He wins the plebs over to sympathy of the murdered Caesar and condemnation of his killers by referencing Caesar's will, in which he divested sums of money to each citizen of Rome and his property to the public good. Yet, in his next scene, in conference with Octavius (later Augustus), he is trying to determine "how to cut off some charge in legacies" (pg. 83) – that is, how to avoid paying up. It is a brazenly Machiavellian masterclass, and the difference to the similarly-famous 'band of brothers' speech from Henry V – with its compassionate but clear-cut jingoism – is marked.

There is much more to Julius Caesar than this, of course, but every time I read one of Shakespeare's plays I am surprised at just how much depth there is in under 100 pages. Individual scenes carry more weight than the entire oeuvre of other writers. There are commentaries on the nature of power, political violence, the course of history and the need to seize one's opportune moment – all written in some of the finest English prose ever laid down. Shakespeare's enduring vitality continues to provide answers to Cassius' rhetorical question. ( )
2 vote MikeFutcher | Jun 3, 2017 |
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Hence! Home, you idle creatures get you home!
Beware the ides of March.
Cowards die many times before their deaths;

The valiant never taste of death but once.

Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,

It seems to me most strange that men should fear;

Seeing that death, a necessary end,

Will come when it will come.
Et tu, Brute!
For Brutus is an honourable man;

So are they all, all honourable men.
Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;

I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.

The evil that men do lives after them;

The good is oft interred with their bones.
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"BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH." Julius Caesar is one of Shakespeare's most popular plays. It is about how Caesar is plotted against and eventually murdered and overthrown by some of his closest friends. Brutus, the closest friend and main plotter of the murder, ends up murdering himself and his conscious gets the better of him. This book is the epitome of betrayal and is referred to and alluded to all throughout literature.
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Men plot a murder
against a would-be tyrant.
Then they start a war.

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Brutus, best friend of the Roman ruler Caesar, reluctantly joins a successful plot to murder Caesar and subsequently destroys himself. Includes notes and an introduction.

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