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Julius Caesar: Introduction
Julius Caesar: Plot Summary
Julius Caesar: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Julius Caesar: Themes
Julius Caesar: Quotes
Julius Caesar: Characters
Julius Caesar: Symbols
Julius Caesar: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of William Shakespeare
Historical Context of Julius Caesar
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- Full Title: The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
- When Written: 1599
- Where Written: England
- When Published: 1623
- Literary Period: Renaissance
- Genre: Tragic drama; history play
- Setting: Rome and environs, 44 B.C.E.
- Climax: Brutus’s suicide
- Antagonist: Cassius
- Point of View: Dramatic
Extra Credit for Julius Caesar
Time Warp. As in many of his plays, Shakespeare manipulates time in Julius Caesar, both for dramatic convenience and to make the setting less foreign to his audience. For example, the time between Caesar's triumphal march with Pompey's sons and the defeat of Cassius and Brutus was around two years in real life, but Shakespeare compresses it into two months. And at one point a mechanical clock strikes the time, yet such clocks wouldn’t be invented for over 1,000 years after the play takes place!
Et tu, Bruté? Despite the title of Julius Caesar, one could argue that this play could just as easily be titled the Tragedy of Brutus. Caesar dies less than halfway through the play and has fewer lines than several other major characters. The story of the noble Brutus being undone by his dispassionate logic and his trust in Cassius conforms much more closely to the literary model of tragedy.