William Shakespeare 's Julius Caesar Essays

1405 Words May 29th, 2016 6 Pages
Ongoing human concerns relates to universal ideas associated with human condition. These can be explored further by studying both texts and considering the context they were written in. Shakespeare 's 1599 play, 'Julius Caesar ' follows the titular character 's death and the civil war that followed his demise. While, 'The Prince, ' deals with the end justifying the means and how power can be both achieved and preserved. Both texts offer varying perspective on ongoing human concerns such as; personal morality, leadership, and fate vs free will.

Personal morality, and a strong sense of loyalty, plays a prominent role in both texts. In 'Julius Caesar, ' much of the plays tragedy stems from character 's neglect of private feelings and loyalties in favour of what they believe to be for the public good. 'Julius Caesar ' is written as an allegory as parallels are made with 16th century English political concerns. When Shakespeare wrote this play, Queen Elizabeth I refused to name an heir to her throne, causing distress as to what would occur upon the monarch 's death. The character who struggles with personal morality in the play is Brutus, one of Caesar 's greatest friends and a strong supporter of a government guided by the votes of the senators. Brutus wrestles with his love for Caesar and his honourable concern for Rome. He fears Caesar 's ambition as shown in the quote, " I do fear the people choose Caesar for their king," which ultimately sees him side with the…

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