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Julius Caesar: Essay Topics

1) Julius Caesar has been called the "gateway" from Shakespeare's history plays to his five great tragedies. Would you agree with this assertion and, if so, why?

2) Compare Julius Caesar to Richard II. In what ways are they similar?

3) Examine the character of Brutus. Is he truly virtuous? What negative qualities of Brutus cause his own destruction?

4) Examine the sources Shakespeare used in constructing Julius Caesar. What did Shakespeare change and why?

5) Discuss the role of Cassius in the play. What motivates him?

6) Explore the theatrical history of Julius Caesar. Why do you think the play has been produced countless times in the tumultuous 20th century?

7) Some would say that Julius Caesar is ultimately a play about the tragedy of lost morality in the political sphere. Would you agree?


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Research Your Topic

 Julius Caesar: The Complete Play with Explanatory Notes
 Julius Caesar Overview
 Julius Caesar Study Questions (with Detailed Answers)

 Julius Caesar Character Introduction
 Julius Caesar: Analysis by Act and Scene (and Timeline)

 Julius Caesar Summary (Acts 1 and 2)
 Julius Caesar Summary (Acts 3 and 4)
 Julius Caesar Summary (Act 5)

 Blank Verse and Diction in Julius Caesar
 Julius Caesar Quotations (Top 10)
 Julius Caesar Quotations (Full)

 All About Et tu, Brute?
 How to Pronounce the Names in Julius Caesar
 Sources for Julius Caesar: Important Excerpts from Plutarch

 An Account of Shakespeare's Adaptation of Plutarch's Julius Caesar
 Plutarch's Influence on Shakespeare and Other Writers of the Sixteenth Century

 What is Tragic Irony?
 Seneca's Tragedies and the Elizabethan Drama
 Characteristics of Elizabethan Drama

 Why Shakespeare is so Important
 Shakespeare's Language
 Shakespeare's Boss: The Master of Revels