Julius Caesar

Betrayal is Man's Best Friend


In William Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar, one of the many reoccurring themes is betrayal. To start off how this theme comes into play in this story, we all know that Julius Caesar gets stabbed, but he gets stabbed by his closest friends. What I see going on is, keep your friends close and enemies closer kind of thing. Caesar wasn’t expecting his closest friends to kill him and betray him. In the beginning pages, a soothsayer tells Caesar to beware the Ides of March, and his wife Portia had a dream that something horrible was going to happen to Caesar that day and begged him to stay home. In act three, scene one, when Caesar dies, he says “Et tu Brute?” and this is Latin for “you too, Brutus?” Through this play, soliloquies and asides are used, and they show what the character is thinking, since the audience doesn’t know. For example, the night before Caesar is killed, Brutus has thoughts of doubt and he talks out loud, giving his soliloquy. Foreshadowing in this play is seen a lot, for example, when Portia tells Caesar of the dream she has where blood is coming from him out of many wounds in his body.