In the prologue, Shakespeare epitomises Henry for the audience, and attempts to build a poignant love of him, which becomes a central theme as the play continues. In the prologue, Shakespeare writes “the warlike Harry, like himself / Assume the port of Mars”. This immediate, simplistic description of Henry V as warlike displays what, at the time, was wanted in a leader: powerful, warmongering and bloodthirsty. In addition to this, the casual nicknaming of Henry to Harry shows that another value in a King was that he represented the people, while also appearing god-like, demonstrated in the audience wanting to link Henry to Mars, the Roman god of war. This empowering of Henry by Shakespeare is consistent and constant in the prologue, where the Chorus asks the audience to forgive “this unworthy scaffold” for bringing “forth / So great an object.” This hyperbolic allusion towards the King once more raises the King above common people, beckoning the audience, both contemporary and of the contextual era to know the power and strength Henry held.
Beowulf, in his epic poem of the same name, taught lessons and morals about the divine right of warriors and kings through his story. By his never ending victories and glorious death, he inspired and instructed many on the endowment and blessed fate that God bestows upon a special few: royal kings. “He’d (Beowulf) reached the end of his days, their mighty war-king, the great lord of the Geats, gone to a glorious death.” (Beowulf 122) Hamlet lives under a similar age of thought and government; he lives in a time of divine kings and rulers. However, the rightful king is dead, his heir in the throes of despair, and an imposter possesses the helm of the kingdom. Not only did Shakespeare more effectively teach the importance of honoring the divine right of kings through an example of a nation doing exactly the opposite, but also he strongly establishes this principle through his complex characters.
In Act I, Scene II, Cassius successfully influences Brutus to oppose Caesar's rule through the use of different word devices such as figurative language, imagery, and repetition. Cassius’s ability to manipulate words through figurative language is what played the largest role in radicalizing Brutus’s views on Caesar becoming king. As soon as cassius begins to speak, he uses figurative language to stroke Brutus’s ego. By using figurative language, it seems that Caesar’s rise in power means Brutus and Cassius will become “petty men”: “Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world/Like a Colossus, and we petty men/Walk under his huge legs” (135-137). This shows that in the sense of the Colossus, Brutus and Cassius will be stuck riding between the legs of the might
Marc Antony, a character in Julius Caesar, a play written by Shakespeare, applies rhetorical devices into most of his lines in the play. He proves this effective when his elaborate plan works out in the end and he emerges the victor. Throughout the play, Marc Antony speaks to a wide number of people and obtains
“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.
Julius Caesar Compare & Contrast Julius Caesar was written in 1599 by one of the greatest playwrights in the world, William Shakespeare. Julius Caesar is a very powerful Roman general who has just returned from defeating the sons of Pompey in battle. He is parading down the streets basking in the glory of his victory, but little does he know a plot to assassinate him is brewing among his friends. The conspiracy is led by Cassius. Due to the time period this play as written in, Shakespeare used a lot of old english in the dialogue resulting in it sometimes being hard to understand.
William Shakespeare is the greatest playwright of all time. In Julius Caesar a play written by Shakespeare himself; he proves his worth of the title. The two most notable speeches in Julius Caesar are spoken by Brutus and Antony. They use many literary elements to persuade the audience of their point. In Brutus’ speech, he expresses the point that Caesar died for the good of Rome.
He presumes that Caesar will become a tyrant. As friends Brutus doesn 't want him being king because he holds his honor more than his friends, and to him friendship is just priority. This is a strange attitude to have especially against your best friend whom you 're supposed to be happy and excited for their accomplishments. Another statement from Brutus in Act 1 is “For let the the gods so speed me as I love The name of honor more than I fear death” (I.ii.94-95). In this quote Brutus explains part of his logic/reasoning for killing Caesar.
He was aware that the king had strong feelings towards religion and witchcraft , so he included both of these in macbeth. Shakespeare wrote macbeth intentionally playing on his King’s interests in order to impress him enough to receive a large paycheck. Throughout Macbeth topics that involved the king are alluded to. The play was performed in 1606, which is only one year after the famous gunpowder plot. The gunpowder plot was a failed assassination attempt against the king.
Brutus will be compelled to do the best he can for the people who have placed their faith in him. “ 'Tis true, this god did shake;/ His coward lips did from their colour fly,” says Cassius, again reminding Brutus in just one statement that Caesar is too powerful even though he is not strong. The things Cassius says are meant to resonate with Brutus, and in the end the honor that Cassius has used against him and the growing belief that Caesar does not make a good ruler, particularly since they shouldn’t place the power in one man’s hands, convinces Brutus to join the conspiracy. Metaphors, similes, and imagery are used to convince Brutus that Caesar is not a powerful leader and someone like him needs to push Caesar out of power. This is important because it starts Brutus thinking about how they could just kill Caesar and do away with their problems.
Brutus appears to be the most complicated character. He supports the republic and system of government guided by the votes of the senators. He does not, however, support dictatorship “What’s means this shouting? I do fear the people choose Caesar for their king (I, I) Brutus’ gullibility is ironically one of his purest character traits yet a fatal flaw. Another tragic flaw of his is that he had a lust for power, and because of this Brutus meets his death at the end of this play.