Conflicting Perspective Notes

Conflicting Perspectives

Julius Caesar
Conflicting perspectives are differing impressions provided by viewing something from a certain position.
“Thou hast misconstrued everything” excellently summarises the concept of conflicting perspectives.  
Personalities of Mark Antony, Brutus and Cassius
Events are the funeral Orations.

Elizabethan England was about to enter a nexus point with a change of leadership and era
Like Caesar, Elizabeth was without an heir which could create a huge power vacuum
Caesar’s era moving from republican to imperial Rome
Elizabethan Era moving towards consolidated monarchical power
Shakespeare conveys the violent effects when people try to seize power

How Conflicting Perspectives are conveyed
Through the use of character development, Shakespeare is able to portray conflicting perspectives of Caesar
Mark Antony – First seen as a sportsman and a pleasure-seeker rather than a politician
Loyal friend of Caesars who isn’t seen as a threat by the conspirators
After Caesar’s death, he is cunning, resourceful and an astute politician
Real intentions are observed when he is by the body of Caesar
Brutus – Self-Disciplined, naïve and motivated by honour
Weakness is his naivety and his honour as he believes the best in his fellow Romans
His perspectives conflict not only with Antony, but with himself
Cassius – Cunning and greedy
  An accomplished military leader
  Kills Caesar by tricking Brutus and for personal gain

Funeral Orations – Mark Antony’s speech is emotive, repetitive and subtly persuasive
    He is a very skilled orator
    Brutus uses syllogism in his low key and reasoning speech
    He relies on his honour but is unable to motivate the crowd like Mark Antony

‘Cry “Havoc!” and let slip the dogs of war’ – Metaphor used to convey Mark Antony’s underlying purpose before his Speech.   First time we can see him as cunning and manipulative.   Shakespeare develops...