Julius Ceasar - Conflicting Perspectives

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There is a widespread view that 'Shakespeare's Caesar, so little speaking and seen, is to a large extent the creation of the personages around him. Shakespeare polarises his [Caesar's] strengths and weaknesses: Cassius condemns his weakness; Antony celebrates his strength...' To what extent does this view align with your understanding of how Shakespeare and other composers use and manipulate acts of representation, such as the choice of textual forms, features and language, to shape meaning and influence responses. Everyone see’s the world in a slightly different way, nobody has the same eyes, or the same mind looking through them. In Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Julius Caesar is less characterised by what he says and does than what is said about him by other characters. His strengths and weaknesses are contrasted in the funeral speeches of Antony and Brutus. These conflicting perspectives highlight the use of rhetoric to manipulate and influence an audience. Likewise, the mass media also employs rhetoric which often results in many differing views of one single event. In both the play and the media, rhetoric is shown to be a very powerful device presenting conflicting perspectives. In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Brutus is the first to speak about the assasination, he gives a reasoned prose speech that convinces the crowd Caesar had to die. He gives the Romans reasons for the plans made and then carried out in killing Caesar, telling them 'he was ambitious' and tries to sway them into believing it was for the benefit of Rome by contrasting the idea that "it is not that [he] loved Caesar less, but that [he] loved Rome more". Brutus' oratory skills and emotional appeal stir the hearts and play on the Roman people's regard for their civic freedoms leaving them to agree with everything Brutus says. The people do not want to 'die as slaves'

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