“Julius Caesar” by William Shakespeare

The Tragedy of Julius Caesar was about politics in Rome Republic. The interplay of personal ambitions and politics is the centrepiece of the play. There are two camps headed by Julius Caesar and Marcus Brutus. Brutus is a member of the conspirators. Brutus has an instigator named Caius Cassius who selfishly influence Brutus to head the opposition to Caesar. The one other memorable character is Marc Antony who supported Caesar.

The competition for power had resulted in death of Caesar under the hands of the conspirators. Two camps then fought with the clash of the armies in the end.

I liked the oratorical skills of individual characters, especially Marc Antony and Brutus. The speeches are so poetic-like as to catch the attention of the audience and to move them. The piece by Marc Antony when he brought the body of Julius Caesar in a coffin to the people of Rome is my favourite. Antony started by addressing them thus: “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me yours ears. I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.” At the end of this speech, Antony turned the people round to agree with him instead of Brutus who spoke first before him.

Such is the power of oratorical skill and politicians need this to survive in politics. The language use is archaic and one can refer to footnotes on each page to get a better grip of the conversations.

This is a Shakespearean classic and was used as literature text in the past. I am glad to read it this time round.Julius Caesar

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