Theme in Shakespeare: Julius Caesar

Sydney Beaird

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William Shakespeare’s tragedy Julius Caesar was centered around the broad theme of power. It’s seen through the way the characters, such as Brutus and Antony, act towards Caesar’s authority. In Julius Caesar, “Brutus: What means this shouting? I do fear the people. Choose Caesar for their king.(Act 1, Scene 2)” Brutus is afraid the people will choose Caesar as their king over himself because he wants to the power all to himself. This was foreshadowing the killing of Caesar by Brutus and the others, Brutus shows that he wants to be inferior to Caesar. In Act 2, Scene 1, “Brutus: It is the bright day that brings forth the adder.” Brutus is talking about Caesar and how he will be crowned king. Brutus compares Caesar to a snake showing symbolism towards how he feels about Caesar leading up to his death.

Sydney Beaird