The Tragedy of Julius Caesar is a classic play written by none other than William Shakespeare. In this play, the downfall of a well-respected and honorable man is dramatically displayed in printed words. Although, many readers speculate whether Julius Caesar himself is truly the undeniable tragic hero of this play. Another character, Brutus, is introduced and serves as a foil to Caesar. Brutus is purportedly an honorable man and a good friend of Caesar who has pride for Rome and the republic.
Two opposing views of the hero, Othello, and villain, Iago, have dominated criticism of Othello this century. On the one hand, A. C. Bradley presented positive analyses of Othello, whom he saw as blameless and not the primary responsibility for the tragedy. According to Bradley, Othello was ‘the most romantic figure among Shakespeare’s heroes … [he] does not belong to our world’. Bradley’s Othello is a man of mystery, exoticism and intense feeling, trustful, open, passionate but self-controlled, ‘so noble … [he] inspires a passion of mingled love and pity’ which none of Shakespeare’s other heroes is able to inspire. Bradley also argued that the newness of his marriage makes his jealousy credible.
In Il Principe, he compares the power of love to another powerful feeling – fear. As a Prince, would you rely more on love or on fear to rule over your subjects? Certainly, love would be the most common answer, but it turns out love can be unreliable: as it comes, it may suddenly fade away. Machiavelli suggests that fear is more reliable, more powerful. In Shakespeare, love can be analyzed under two different perspective: it can been seen as adventurous (as in the comedies) or as very tragic (as in his tragedies, i.e.
In other words, this clearly describes the change in Elisa from the beginning that was described as strong and masculine to weak and frustrated women displaying her feminine emotions. Tinker is also a clever man who uses Elisa for his advantage, where on the other hand Elisa finds his lifestyle to be interesting. But when Elisa desires to have this lifestyle Tinker reminds Elisa of her gender as he states, “It ain’t the right kind of a life for a woman” (Steinbeck, 805). This line by Tinker underlines once again that women are weak and aren’t powerful enough to face isolation out at night. Towards, the end of the short story Steinbeck beautiful describes Elisa’s realization that equality cannot be achieved and it is just an illusion that is controlled by men.
In the play Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare’s use of stylized language promotes a deeper understanding of Juliet’s struggle with her conflicting feelings for Romeo. Specifically, she shows her adversity through her monologue of paradox. In this scene, her nurse confesses to Juliet that Romeo, her beloved husband, has killed Tybalt, her kinsman. This leaves Juliet conflicted; she doesn’t know what to do, how to act, or who to choose. This passage is important because it not only shows that Juliet is confused about her feelings for Romeo, but also that she feels as though she is a victim of deceit, and for one fleeting moment, is unsure of whether or not she can trust him.
In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, Marcus Brutus, demonstrates a kind of a person who can go against his friend not because he hates him, but because he loves his country more. William Shakespeare is known throughout the world for his poems and tragic plays. From Romeo and Juliet to Hamlet, they are all known and studied through our modern educational system. Julius Caesar is the main topic, it’s about a man who is too fixated on the well being of his kingdom that he doesn’t realize that that’ll be his downfall. Mini Biography: Julius Caesar (c. July 12 or 13, 100 BC to March 15, 44 BC) was a politically adept and popular leader of the Roman Republic who significantly transformed what became known as the Roman Empire by greatly expanding its geographic reach and establishing its imperial system.
Brutus, According to Shakespeare The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, a Shakespearean play and representation of the assassination of Caesar, is a well written and developed story in which the build up of the characters is very well done. As a matter of fact, the developing of Brutus, the tragic hero on the play, is one of the most important characters and therefore one of the better explained and exposed. Brutus is a character that is marked with three traits that allow him to be the one responsible for Caesar's assassination. Indeed, Brutus is naive, well-intended and hypocrite, as seen when the conspirators convince him to be part of it, and be one of the most important figures in it. In this order of ideas, Brutus’ traits can be analyzed and
The deaths of Romeo and Juliet can be blamed upon Friar Lawrence, the parents of Romeo and Juliet, and Tybalt. To begin, Romeo and Juliet’s deaths should be blamed upon Friar Lawrence. In the play, Romeo is asking Friar Lawrence to wed him to Juliet. Friar is telling Romeo to slow down and think about this decision, but still agrees to do it. Shakespeare writes, “In one respect I’ll thy assistant be; for this alliance may so happy prove To turn your households’ to rancor to pure love” (Ⅱ.Ⅳ.90-92).
Ghismonda also died in Guiscardo’s honor. While Caterina herself does not think much on honor and is, as described by Boccaccio through Filamena, “... women, when left to themselves, are not the most rational creatures, and without the supervision of some man or other, their capacity for getting things done is quite restricted. We are fickle, quarrelsome, suspicious, cowardly, and easily frightened” (pg 62). Ricciardo expresses his respect and fear of their societies version of honor. Ricciardo states, “My lord, in God’s name, have mercy on me.
Furthermore, Feminist Criticism provides a better view of literature because it shows that women can be powerful. When Emilia finds out that her husband has been plotting an evil plan she says,” Tis proper I obey him, but not now”(Othello V.2.195). Emilia refuses to help her husband after she finds the cruel intentions he has despite the expectation of women always being submissive to their husbands. Women also have a voice and feelings, they are capable of defying their husbands commands when they know what he expects is simply wrong. In a literary article,The Role of Women in Othello: A Feminist Reading states that,” Society weighs heavily on the shoulders of women; they feel that they must support the men and defer to them, even if the actions of the men are questionable” (Literary Articles).