3 songs that represent themes from Julius Caesar
Run This Town By: Rihanna, Kanye West, Jay-Z
MAIN IDEA: Something bad is about to happen…….
In the song “Run This Town” by Rihanna, the main idea is that something unknown is about to go down. I think that this relates to the Ides of March, because you could really “feel it in the air” that something grave was about to happen. Caesar had been warned countless times about it by the Soothsayer, but he continued to scoff it off. This song also relates to the conspirators when it says “We gonna run this town”. This shows how Cassius and Brutus were very confident about their plan, and what will soon fall after it (Them becoming the rulers of Rome). Lastly, the line “I break the rules so I don’t care, the only thing that’s on my mind, is we gonna run this town tonight” shows how the conspirators were not afraid of the consequences that might happen if they murder Caesar.
Run This Town (MattyB feat. Chanel Loran) by AsyB
Stay By: Rihanna, Mikky Ekko
MAIN IDEA: Wanting someone to stay with you….
In the song “Stay”, the main idea is wanting someone to stay with you because they mean so much to you, in good times and bad. This song relates to the scene where Calphurnia begs Caesar to stay home because she has had nightmares about him dying. Calphurnia, who is Caesar’s wife, obviously cares a lot about Caesar so she really wants him to stay. “Makes me feel like I can’t live without you, it takes me all the way, I want you to stay.” Calphurnia emphasizes her love for Caesar, basically saying “I can’t live without you”, just like in the song “Stay”. She finally convinces Caesar to stay home, but the conspirators convince him to leave, resulting in his death. If he had only stayed, he’d be alive. - Andy Green
Stay f/ Mikky Ekko (Preview) by Rihanna
Stronger By Kanye west
MAIN IDEA: ambition leads to arrogance
Both stories centralize on the theme that satisfaction leads to failure, so much that over ambition leads to failure. Julius Caesar was only concerned with growing his power and his reign much as Kanye west when he repeats the chorus “work it, make it, do it, makes us harder, better, faster stronger”. Caesar says “I rather tell thee what is to be feared
Than what I fear; for always I am Caesar.” Another key point that this relates to in the story is Kanye west’s message of fearlessness and carefree attitude relating to Caesar being so fearless that it leads him to be blind. “If he should stay at home out of fear he should not, for Caeser shall not. Danger knows full well that Caesar is more dangerous than he”. He doesn't take advice from anyone, because he's only concerned with his public image, he wants to seem incapable of fear.