Julius Caesar The Tragedy of Julius Caesar is one of great woe, but could it all have been avoided? In the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, the characters were warned of their downfalls through supernatural omens. Many of these characters either refused to or couldn’t see them. All the events leading up to Caesars death are predicted by characters such as his wife and a Soothsayer. Cassius was also presented with several warnings concerning the result of the assassination.
How Shakespeare Portrays Madness in Hamlet Many questions have been raised about Hamlets madness. Whether it was an act, or that his father’s death and his ghost genuinely drove him to the brink of madness. Along side with Hamlet, further on in the play Polonius’s death brought Ophelia and the audiences to question her own sanity as well. Although Hamlets madness and Ophelia’s are caused by the same thing, the death of their father, they both have very different consequences to their new found personality change. Hamlets madness itself was represented as an act, from an audience’s point of view we know his anti disposition is an act, but this piece of dramatic irony brings a lot of despair for the rest of the characters.
Since Hamlet took ages to take his revenge, he gave Claudius to make plans of his own—Claudius’s own plan to have Hamlet killed. Hamlet is an interesting character throughout the play with his contemplative and philosophical personality, however his rash and impulsive behavior causes a great deal of dilemmas during the play. Works Cited Shakespeare, William, Barbara A. Mowat, and Paul Werstine. The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. New York: Washington Square, 2002.
I pray, sir, can you read?” (Act 1 Sc.2 L.58) The illiterate servant that Romeo stumbles upon gives Romeo the opportunity to attend the Capulet party, if this incredibly unusual event had not taken place... ... middle of paper ... ...nd Juliet happened as a result of their sin, “passion”. This opinion is also a valid interpretation of Shakespeare’s instances of fate in Romeo and Juliet. The Encyclopedia Britannica’s section on Shakespeare comments on this issue, backing up one of the opinions, “There has been some debate among modern historians as to Shakespeare’s religious affiliation, but it is widely accepted that he did not recognize as Calvinist and did not accept predestination. Divine reward and punishment explains Shakespeare’s infatuation with what seems like destiny in his plays. Romeo and Juliet’s tragic demise was due to their transgression, their ‘passion’.” (Encyclopedia Britannica, “Shakespeare”).
It is gradually built up until the death; he uses a lot of dramatic irony, in a previous scene, the audience already know that Macbeth has been made 'thane of Cawdor' before Macbeth even knows himself. This is creating dramatic irony, which also creates tension later on in the play. To conclude, I would say that Shakespeare uses many different ways in order to create tension on this scene. I personally think that this scene is dramatic because he uses language and themes that link together in order to create tension and combined with a story line of regicide.
Julius Caesar is a play by William Shakespeare that takes place in Rome around 44 B.C. It is a play about the tragic and unfair death of Julius Caesar, which causes Rome to spiral into a civil war. Caesar received many warnings of his death, but was convinced to ignore them by the conspirators that he thought were his friends. How are the missed messages and signs important to the development of the plot of this play? In the first two acts foreshadowing of Julius Caesar’s death is shown in many ways.
Also many Elizabethans were superstitious about things, which explains Shakespeare's use of predictions and omens in the play. The uses of these techniques allow Shakespeare to create dramatic tension in the play, as shown in acts 1-3, before his death. Shakespeare starts of relatively early on in the play where in Act one, scene two; a soothsayer approaches Julius Caesar. A soothsayer can be described as a prophet-like being that has special abilities to see what troubles or fortunes are forthcoming. In this case, the soothsayer tells Caesar to 'beware the ides of March'; this is an example of a bad omen, which predicts a bad outcome on the 15th March.
“You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” Harvey Dent, The Dark Knight. This quote can be assimilates to Brutus in Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar. In a way he died as a hero but he did live long enough and saw himself becoming the villain. Throughout the play, Brutus had been consumed in a lot of drama and deaths. The readers can tell the internal arguments he has with himself about it too.
He has a fatal flaw that combined with fate, brings on a tragedy of all sorts. The Weird Sisters, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth himself play key roles in the downfall of Macbeth and each of them is to blame for the deaths of many people in the play. Shakespeare therefore allows them to set other people up for their crimes, especially Macbeth who gives a sense of vulnerability to many obvious culprits to the crime, making the play more enjoyable to watch and listen to. Along these lines, Shakespeare?s plays and books are the guidelines to many other tragic plays and books recorded through centuries and centuries of great literature.
Also, we see evidence of Hamlet being mad even before he starts to ‘act like being mad.’ As is evident in the beginning of the play, Horatio and Marcellus tried to hold Hamlet back, but Hamlet rebelled. Hamlet said, "Still am I called. Unhand me, gentlemen--/ Heaven, I'll make a ghost of him that lets me!/ I say, away" (1.4, 84-86). Hamlet risked a lot, without thinking about possible consequences. While walking towards the ghost, Hamlet shows the behavior of toughness, the characteristic of madness.