Monday, December 14, 2009

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, reviewed by Kashka Chauhan

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

Reviewed by
Name: Kashka Chauhan
School: Gyan Mandir Public School

Julius Caesar is an icon of political life of Rome. He has expanded the Roman empire and brought booties to it. Very popular among the common Romans and many senate members, Caesar, however is held in contempt by many of his colleagues like Cassius, who are jealous of his political wise and popularity. Cassius nurses a desire to realize his ambition by wiping out Caesar. So he convinces other senators about his cause. He achieves biggest successor when he also wins over Marcus Brutus, a very respected citizen and leader of Rome, to his side. They hatch a conspiracy to and his life. On the eve of Caesar’s assassination by the conspirators led by Cassius, Callurnia has a dream in which she new several supernatural happenings that some would befall Caesar. She asks him not to go to the remote. Caesar nearly yields to her request, but is persuaded by Deciuro Brutur, another senator, to go to the senate where the members were waiting to crown him the Emperor. They found an appropriate opportunity to kill Caesar. Proud , he haughtily rejects the petition of Metellus Climber to revoke his brother’s banishment, Casca is the first to stab Caesar saying “Ipoe hands for me.” Other senator dig their daggers in Caesar’s body. Brutus being the last to do so. Caesar falls down dead with these words on his lips “You too Brutus?”

The conspirators begin to shout “Liberty, freedom and enfranchisement”! claiming that their purpose in killing Caesar was to safeguard that rights and liberties of the Roman people. Mark Antony, Caesar’s close friend now appears on the scene. He is shocked and shaken to see his friend and mentor’s body on a pool of blood, but very shrewdly he keeps his cool, sensing that the conspirators could also kill him. He apparently befriends them but in burning with a desire to avenge Cesar’s death. He seeks the conspirators permission to address the Commissars in Caesar’s funeral at the market place. Though Caesar’s objects to it, Brutus allowed Antony to do so but only after he himself has spoken as he feels such a permission could bring them no harm. With his unmatched oratory, Antony ways the feelings of the public in the favour of the dead Caesar and thus turns the mob against the conspirators, who have to flee for their. Mob fury and the military might of Antony and Octavious Caesar bring about the doom of the conspirators.

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