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Julius Caesar (Shakespeare Made Easy Series)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2005

    Making Shakespeare Accessible Earlier

    Julius Caesar, is, in my own opinion, easily one of Shakespeare's top 3 plays. It presents the confusing figure of Caesar - tyrant or tragic hero? - opposite that of Brutus: 'The Noblest Roman of them all'. The scheming, conniving Cassius and Antony are perfectly placed vis-a-vis to undermine these two leading, tragic heroes. The fantastic speeches in this are among the best in English - which is good, because they are meant to be. The fate of the world hangs on who wins Rome, and Rome is won by these speeches. The eulogies of Brutus and Antony are particularly excellent, as is Caesar's final, sublime line: 'Et tu, Brute? Then fall, Caesar!' The true tragedy of ambition and of good intentions comes across brilliantly. Now, this monumental classic is available to readers of an earlier age who would not be able to wade through the Bard's Elizabethan iambic pentameter.

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  • Posted May 23, 2010

    A good read, but just a read nonetheless

    Julius Caesar is perhaps the most often discussed topic in the politics of America. This touches base with many of the fundamental ideas of the power-hungry politics evident in Rome, a society which the United States of America is framed off of. Now, in this book, a lot of focus has been brought to the characters of Rome, and how they react to each event. Most of which focuses on the two main characters, Caesar and Brutus. While the storyline goes through most of Caesar's rise and fall, it's very dry in between. There isn't really anything going on except for buildup, but by the time you get to the actual climactic moment, it's fairly evident of the result about to ensure. The drama is a little nice, in which I have to say the issues presented in the book are very down to earth, and most of which need to be addressed. For that matter, the book is extremely usable for real world insights to the people and powers that control them. While the overall story may not be the high quality page turner addiction most readers come to know and love, it certainly challenges the reader to take things from a wealth of perspectives. It is under this show of intellectual enterprise that this book truly shines. However, if are the thrill seeker, there isn't much to be hyped up about, as instead this book seeks to appeal mainly on the fronts of mental awareness.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2004

    Not bad.

    This book was okay. I read it for school and it was made easier and more fun with the modern version. It is good to read but it is not the best book I have read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2000

    An Awesome Book, And i can understand it!

    This is a great book for you if you like Tragedy, Action, and Adventure! It's full of amazing poetic dialog and action filled sences, It also has many Unexpected happenings and secret plots of the conspirators. The book format is great for all types of readers as well. The full Original text is layed out side by side with the full modern version, making it easy for a student to study with and also good for reading and easy understanding. If your reading Shakespeare for the first time, I defenatly recommend this book! Buy it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2000

    Julius Caesar- Take the time

    Julius Caesar was a tragedy written by William Shakespeare. This wok is full of thrills and chills. It tells the tale of the events of Julius Caesar and his political occupation. We begin in the public square during a festival. As wonderful of a feast it was it was ruined by two tribunes, who have grown weary of Caesar and his new political fame. Later, after the feast Caesar is warned by two fortune tellers to 'beware the ides of March'. He takes this in stride and ignores it. As a new heeding he warns Marc Anthony to beware of Cassius because he feels his power has grown too strong. Meanwhile Cassius is trying to get Marcus Brutus to aid him in the execution of Caesar. The night before they are to kill him a giant storm sweep over Rome and Cassius took it as a sign. We begin the next act with Marcus Brutus weighing his options. He too does not want Caesar to be crowned king. Cassius now want Anthony put to death also but will not consent. The morning after the storm Calphurnia, Caesar's wife advise him not to go to the meeting. She has had a dream and it revealed something bad. He finally consents not to go. Later one of Cassius' aids comes to escort Caesar to the court and he then gives him a new interpretation of the dream. Caesar goes then to the meeting. To find out what happens at the meeting and the events after, read this book. If you like suspense and action it will certainly get you on edge. I recommend it for those who like historical literature, especially with a twist.

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