John Wilkes Booth In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

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John Wilkes Booth: The Story of Abraham Lincoln's Murderer By Joseph Geringer The Colossus of Rhodes "Ambition should be made of sterner stuff..." Julius Caesar "Of the Seven Wonders of the World, can you imagine how famous a man might be who could pull down the Colossus of Rhodes?" Such was the meandering of 10-year-old Johnny Booth, whose quixotic upbringing by an overpassionate mother and an insane Shakespearean father were, inadvertently, already stirring rabid visions of fame, glory and immortality in his head. By early adulthood, John Wilkes Booth became one of the most popular actors of his day, respected by men for his swashbuckling reputation and adored by women for his handsome face, but those boyhood dreams of fame were never satisfied. That is, until an opportunity finally presented itself in the form of the American Civil War (1861-1865). Here he found the chance he had been craving, where he could fashion real scoundrels and heroes from air, both becoming so vivid and definable. Choosing the side of the underdog Southern Confederacy, he opted to become their Brutus and, like that character in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, dethrone the despot who wielded an unjust scepter. The "despot" in this case was Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States.…show more content…
What would turn into a four-year conflagration and take more American lives than two subsequent world wars together was expected by many at first to be no more than a "show of power" exhibited by both factions that would end in quick compromise. But, it soon became apparent that the South would not bargain. It didn’t matter that the industrial North was considered unbeatable with its larger population and its iron factories able to churn out artillery by the carloads. The pride of the South was wounded, and the scars were enough to inspire its men to victory in the first several engagements, including the First Battle of Manassas, 30 miles from Washington

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