Theme in Shakepeare’s Julius Caesar

By: Alex Rosa

In Shakespeare’s tragedy Julius Caesar, the theme is best represented as the old French term, Raison d’état which means, whatever is best for the Country.

This is evident in Julius Caesar due to premeditated murder of Julius by his close friend Marcus Brutus. Caesar’s shock is amplified when he says, “Et tu Brute?”(act 3 scene 1) which is Latin for, “you too Brutus?” Also early in the Tragedy, Brutus has an internal conflict with himself of whether he should kill Caesar as he says, “Yet, I love him well” (act 1 scene 2)