Julius Caesar | Review

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In this striking tragedy of political conflict, Shakespeare turns to the ancient Roman world and to the famous assassination of Julius Caesar by his republican opponents. The play is one of tumultuous rivalry, of prophetic warnings—“Beware the ides of March”—and of moving public oratory—“Friends, Romans, countrymen!” Ironies abound and most of all for Brutus, whose fate it is to learn that his idealistic motives for joining the conspiracy against a would-be dictator are not enough to sustain the movement once Caesar is dead.

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 So, Julius Caesar is a tragedy. Mostly everyone dies. There's lots of ambition, hate, greed, regret, death and stuff like that here. This will be a brief and uninspired review. Mostly because I read this play when I was recovering from a flu. I was depending on rice cakes and distilled water to keep body and soul together, and feeling rather sickly. During such times, my ability to appreciate and analyze literature is minimal.

So, here are some thoughts on the book. I think I was supposed to feel sympathy for Brutus. After all, he was the one assassin who thought he was doing something good for Rome. Turns out, the rest of the killers slaughtered Caesar because of a personal vendetta more than liberty. But I was thinking, “Well, you made this choice, dude. Killing people isn't right, even if you think you're doing something good.”

And then, after Caesar is dead and Rome collapses into chaos, Brutus commits suicide. I don't think he did that because he was sorry he helped assassinate someone, though. I think he was disappointed with the results of killing Caesar – things didn't turn out the way he had hoped.

But Julius Caesar was interesting and well written. I enjoyed familiarizing myself with more of Shakespeare's writings.

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  1. I so admire how you read all these classics. My brain just cannot stick with them, it's sad. Man, even perfectly healthy I could hardly grasp Julius Ceasar! It's so great how you read all this deep literature.

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