November 1, 2010

Julius Caesar

William Shakespeare, 1599
Brutus, anxious to
defend his republic, helps
commit a murder

This is one of the few plays Shakespeare wrote that was based on historical accounts. The story of Julius Caesar, well known in Roman history, is certainly a tragedy. Brutus, one of Caesar’s friends is led to believe that Caesar means to take over Rome as its dictator. Fearful for the effect this will have on his beloved country, Brutus aids in the plot to assassinate Caesar. Caesar, shocked at his friend’s betrayal, speaks the infamous words, “Et tu, Brute?” as Brutus stabs him.
Marc Antony, another friend of Caesar’s is surprised and obviously upset at Brutus’ part in the assassination. But even to the end, Brutus remains convinced that his actions were for the good of Rome. Favorite quote: “Every bondman in his own hand bears the power to cancel his captivity.” (PG-13)

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