Caesar Conflicting Perspectives.

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Literary texts challenge audiences to question thematic concerns within. Thus, by presenting conflicting perspectives of various characters, events and situations in Julius Caesar, Shakespeare creates a political parable that warns his Elizabethan context of the devastating effects of the Machiavellian struggle for political dominance. Four centuries later, Michael Dobb’s political moral fable novel, House of Cards, and Rob Sitch’s television satire, The Hollowmen, also present conflicting perspectives to present similar thematic concerns, thus demonstrating the diachronic relevancy of Shakespeare. These texts have the moral responsibility to warn contemporaries of the danger of self serving ambition, vengeance and jealousy that lie behind a façade of integrity, tainting social order. In order to warn his audience of the dangers of creating false heroes, Shakespeare presents conflicting perspectives between the illusion of honour, and the private reality of Caesar, who believes himself to be the defender of Roman honour, tradition and democracy. His self promoting simile ‘as constant as the Northern Star’ exposes his vanity that makes him prone to the flattery of Decius in Act III Scene 1. Brutus observes that ‘Caesar, thou art mighty yet’, a public illusion of Caesar as a hero, which is supported by the fickle plebeians ‘making holiday to see Caesar and rejoice in his triumph’. By contrast, the accumulation of a ‘tired man of such a feeble temper’ who ails ‘like a sick girl’, as espoused by Cassius and Casca shows a flawed protagonist. However, despite this frailty, Caesar is still a cunning politician whose danger is exemplified in his pragmatic elimination of political foes, such as the ‘silencing’ of Flavius and Murellus . Underneath his public illusion of valour and honesty, lies a scheming prowess. Casca recounts how Antony ‘offered [the crown] to Caesar’
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