Julius Caesar Playlist

By: Michael Stein, Andrew Nixon, and Luke Kirkpatrick

"Even friends can betray you" -Luke Kirkpatrick

“Backstabbers” by The O’JAYS

This song’s title basically tells it all, Caesar's friends were Backstabbers to him. Caesar is a huge ruler in Rome and lots of people look up to him and you would think his friends would too. This song is a great example of how even you friends can betray you. “All the time they want to take your place the back stabbers”, this line is telling us basically that your friends can want what you have, that they are jealous. In Julius Caesar, his friends are maybe a little jealous of his power, but are also looking out for Rome and for the future choices Caesar could have made. “Somebody's out to get your lady

A few of your buddies they sure look shady blades are long, clenched tight in their fist aimin' straight at your back”. This quote can reference to a lot of parts in Julius Caesar, “Out to get your lady” could mean Rome, that the conspirators are killing Caesar to save Rome, which they are. “A few of your buddies they sure look shady”, this references the time that Caesar was worried about Cassius and didn’t do anything, that literally comes and stabs him in the back.Lastly “Blades are long, clenched tight in their fist aimn’ straight at your back”, this is exactly like when they sneak up behind him and all swing at him with their blades, killing him. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzTeLePbB08 ~LUKE KIRKPATRICK

"Arrogance is never appreciated" -Michael Stein

Throughout Shakespeare's Julius Caesar we see time and time again the blatant arrogance Caesar shows. The song Handlebars by the Flobots describes the arrogance of Caesar and the repetitive diction used by Shakespeare. The entire song the lead singer raps about how he can do anything that he wants, "I can do anything that i want". We see almost these exact words from Caesar as he ignores all the bad omens and people telling him not to go to the senate hall, however he goes, he does not go because he wants to but almost more to prove something. This does not pay off for him in the end as he gets brutally stabbed to death, this is what arrogance can do to someone. Handlebars also ties into the Caesar theme because they both use extremely repetitive diction helping to strengthen the impact of what they are saying. Please give the song a listen and make the connections yourself at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLUX0y4EptA

"It is a mad world" -Andrew Nixon

The song “Mad World” by Gary Jules is a very sad song that can fit into the play Julius Caesar. Especially in act V scene V when Brutus kills himself. You can tell that at this point Brutus is extremely sad and ready to die. In the song he says “The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had”


-Andrew Nixon