Elizabethan Influence On Julius Caesar

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“A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself, and a mean man, by one lower then himself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man aspires” (Marcus Aurelius). One does not truly understand the meaning of this quote until having read Julius Caesar. The play is a tragedy that was written in 1599 by English poet and playwright William Shakespeare. The Elizabethan age(1558–1603), during which many of his works came to life, was very helpful in dictating how his literature came to be. Also helpful in the creation of this play and others is the Roman empire which from 31 BC to 1453 CE, housed a number of leaders, like Julius Caesar. He was a politician and general…show more content…
By examining events and occurrences related to the end of the Elizabethan era, the life of Julius Caesar, what occurred under Queen Elizabeth, and how rome was ruled, one can see their significance in influencing the play Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare. The real Julius Caesar’s personality and behavior as well as his policies were influential in how Shakespeare came up with his character. Also, the conflict between the wealthy and poor in England and Queen Elizabeth’s actions that were looked down upon by some, influenced how he was going to include this conflict and critique those in power. The Roman Empire aided because it’s inventions eventually helped Shakespeare, but also it’s long history of rulers and frequent change allowed him to base his characters off of historical figures and incorporate the struggle for power. When the Elizabethan Era was ending Shakespeare used this fear that many had and paralleled it with the citizens of Rome, when Caesar was assassinated. Marcus Aurelius said that those who look to those who are above them for competition are noble and those who look to those who are below, are vulgar. William Shakespeare knew this as well when he was writing the play. Although many things influenced his play, it can be directly pointed to his knowledge of the evil and corruptness that resides in men and that was what he was trying to give voice to in
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