Julius Caesar Soundtrack

Elan Tran, Callie Patten, Annie Hutton

Reba McEntire, Kelly Clarkson - Because Of You

Song #1: “Because of You” Reba Mcentire ft. Kelly Clarkson

Act I Scene 2: Suspicion and Betrayal

In this scene Caesar says Cassius is suspicious because he looks hungry for power. After saying this, Antony is assured that the mighty Caesar is afraid of no one, but Antony should watch him. Caesar does not admit his worry because he wants to retain his fearless facade. This is similar to many lyrics in the song sung by Reba. She says, “Because of you

I find it hard to trust”, and “I will not break”. At this time in the play, Cassius is trying to convince Brutus to join the conspirators. Cassius does this by pointing out times Cassius has been weak. This is displayed in the lyric “And it's not too long before you point it out

I cannot cry”. In the end, it is Brutus who Caesar should have really watched out for and many lyrics apply to him as well. One being “You should have known better than to lean on me”, because Brutus is Caesar’s best friend. But there are other lyrics are easily applied, like “I watched you die” for obvious reasons, and “I will not make the same mistakes that you did”, because Brutus thinks he could be a better ruler than Caesar. This is also ironic because in the end Brutus starts becoming like Caesar.

Callie Patten

“Positively 4th Street” by Bob Dylan (Elan)

You got a lotta nerve

To say you are my friend
When I was down
You just stood there grinning

“Positively 4th Street” by Bob Dylan (Elan)

In the song "Positively 4th Street," Bob Dylan sings about a person that has been fake and friendly towards him to his face, but stood watching mercilessly as he was down. A specific couple of lines that relate to Julius Caesar is "You got a lotta nerve to say you are my friend when I was down you just stood there grinning" What Bob Dylan means is that the person he is singing about was fake and friendly to his face, but stood by watching when he needed his support. In Act 3 Scene 1 of Julius Caesar, the last words of Caesar were " Et tu, Brute?" Caesar was surprised that Brutus was one of the conspirators. He suspected Cassius, the man who had a power-hungry look, but never gave a second thought about his very best friend.
"Positively 4th Street", by Bob Dylan

Babel by Mumford and Sons

Isa Neves

Mumford & Sons - Babel by Isa Neves

Big Idea: Fate vs. Free Will

Throughout the play, readers witness the struggle many characters have trusting in fate or choosing to rely on their own free will. Most often, those who disregard fate are the ones who experience the most heavy consequences. Babel by Mumford and Sons is a perfect illustration of man's struggle to make his own choices and the inevitable consequences that come with free will. Just as the song's chorus goes "I know my weakness, know my voice/ But I'll believe in grace and choice," Cassius relies on his own choices, well aware of his weaknesses. He considers the idea of fate childish and tells Brutus that human error is not found within the stars, but within ourselves. We see the consequences of free will in many of the character timelines: Caesar's murder, Cassius and Brutus' suicides, the deaths of the rest of the conspirators. Babel talks of pride being man's downfall, saying "Like the city that nurtured my greed and my pride, I stretch my arms into the sky/ I cry 'Babel, Babel, look at me now' and the walls of my tower, they come crumbling down." The heavy reliance each of these men place in their own understanding results in the ultimate consequence: death. Had they accepted that what was going to happen would happen or taken heed to advice/warnings, they may have ultimately escaped their downfall.

Annie Hutton