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Shakespeare's Julius Caesar Study Guide

Shakespeare's Julius Caesar Study Guide

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Julius Caesar stands at the changing of the tide in Shakespeare’s career. There is a scale to the play, written in 1599, unmatched by anything he had written before it. Our sense of this extraordinary play has evolved over the centuries and most critics now believe Shakespeare was deeply critical of ancient Rome, seeing much of what its characters celebrate as principle as the cause of all that goes wrong. But though critical views have changed, Julius Caesar remains a powerful study of the morality of assassination, and of the ways in which people build a sense of who they are.
All you need to know about Shakespeare's Julius Caesar is in this advanced guide to the text. Connell Guides are advanced guide books that offer sophisticated analysis and broad critical perspectives for higher-level GCSE and A Level English Literature students. Written by leading academics, Connell Guides are clear, concise and beautifully designed to help students understand, and enjoy, great works of literature. They are perfect for coursework, revision and exam preparation. Connell Guides are also great reads themselves scholarly, yet approachable and entertaining.
ISBN-paperback: 978-1-911187-39-4
A summary of the plot
What is Julius Caesar about?
What kind of Rome does Shakespeare show us?
What do we make of Caesar himself ?
Is Brutus a tragic hero?
How much of a villain is Antony?
What is the significance of the proscription scene and the death of Cinna the Poet? 
Why is the play so full of metadrama?
What role do women play?
How does Cassius’s relationship with Brutus evolve?
What does the play tell us about the art of rhetoric? 


The Ides of March
Changing England
The trouble with stoicism  
A dry run for
The historical Caesar
Shakespeare’s sources
Ten facts about
Julius Caesar
A flashpoint for assassins
Antony and Cleopatra
Dreams and signs
An early staging
A later staging
Julius Caesar goes to school
Further reading
A short chronology

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