Theme in Shakespear's Julius Caesar

By: Cory Chung

Power Theme

William Shakespeare’s tragedy Julius Caesar shows the reader the effects of power through characterization, vivid imagery, and other literary factors. For example, We can see a great deal of power presented by Brutus when he says, "Stoop, Romans, stoop, And let us bathe our hands in Caesar's blood Up to the elbows, and besmear our swords. Then walk we forth, even to the marketplace, And, waving our red weapons o'er our heads, Let's all cry "Peace, freedom, and liberty!" (Act III, sc.1, 117-122) This shows that after Caesar was stabbed to death by the conspirators, they decide to wash their hands in his blood and run around the marketplace announcing they have liberated Rome, which really wasn't the case. The irony being, Caesar's death and power led to a civil war.

Theme: People have always wanted power in this world. People will break laws for it, and that includes killing people. However, all of this just didn't work in William Shakespeare's tragedy known as Julius Caesar because power was just too much of a struggle and only lead to bigger problems.