The Tragedy of Julius Caesar

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The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
Drama by William Shakespeare
Introducing the Drama
with VIDEO TRAILER
Literary Analysis:
Shakespearean Tragedy
Reading Strategy: Reading
Shakespearean Drama
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
INTRODUCING THE DRAMA
Can your CONSCIENCE mislead you?
When making a difficult decision, you may be urged to let your
conscience be your guide—in other words, to rely on an internal
sense of what is right and wrong.
But how foolproof is
your conscience?
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
INTRODUCING THE DRAMA
Can your CONSCIENCE mislead you?
In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, a man
guided by the highest ideals fails to
foresee the consequences of his actions.
QUICKWRITE
Think of a time when you made a
wrong decision, even though your
intention was good.
Write a paragraph
explaining why you had
this unexpected outcome.
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
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LOVE AND
BETRAYAL
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
Shakespearean Tragedy
A tragedy is a drama in which a series of actions leads to the
downfall of the main character, or tragic hero.
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
Shakespearean Tragedy
In Shakespeare’s tragedies, the
hero is usually the title character.
Julius Caesar
William Shakespeare
However, many critics believe that
the tragic hero of Julius Caesar is
not Caesar but another character, a
prominent Roman named Brutus.
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
Shakespearean Tragedy
As you read, pay attention to these characteristics of
Shakespearean tragedy:
1. Because the tragic
hero is a person of
high rank, his or her
fate has an impact
on all of society.
2. The hero has a tragic flaw—a fatal error in
judgment or a weakness in character—that
contributes to his or her downfall.
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
Shakespearean Tragedy
“Well, Brutus, thou art noble; yet I see
Thy honorable mettle may be wrought . . .”
3. Characters sometimes reveal their
motives in soliloquies or asides,
speeches that express thoughts that
are hidden from other characters.
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
Reading Shakespearean Drama
Shakespeare’s plays, with their unusual
vocabulary,
grammar,
and word order,
can be challenging for modern readers.
Flavius. Hence! home, you idle creatures, get you home!
Is this a holiday? What, know you not,
Being mechanical, you ought not walk
Upon laboring day without the sign
Of your profession?
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
Reading Shakespearean Drama
The following reading strategies
can help:
1. Read the synopsis, or
summary, at the beginning of
each scene to get an idea of
what will happen in the scene.
Scene 1 A street in Rome.
The play begins on February 15, the religious feast of
Lupercal. Today the people have a particular reason for
celebrating. Julius Caesar has just returned to Rome
after a long civil war. . .
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
Reading Shakespearean Drama
20
Flavius. Thou art a cobbler, art thou?
Second Commoner. Truly, sir, all that I live by is
with the awl. I meddle with no tradesman’s matters
nor women’s matters, but with all. . .
21-23 The cobbler
jokes about the
similarity of awl
(a shoemaker’s tool)
to the word all.
2. If you have trouble understanding a passage, use the
sidenotes to figure out the meaning of unfamiliar words
and gain helpful information.
However, you do not necessarily need to understand
every word to understand and enjoy the play.
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
Reading Shakespearean Drama
3. Rearrange sentences that have
unusual word order to create a
familiar sentence structure.
4. Use the stage directions and
details in dialogue to help you
visualize the play’s settings
and action.
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
Reading Shakespearean Drama
5. As you read, use a chart like the one shown to help you
identify and analyze important characters in the play.
Revise the chart as you learn more about the characters.
Important Characters
Who Are They?
Julius Caesar
dictator of Rome
Personality

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