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p. 324. Julius Caesarlocked

  • Stanley Wells

Abstract

Many tragedies of Shakespeare’s time are concerned with the fall from power, and eventual death, of great men of the past. In writing about the assassination of Julius Caesar, perhaps the greatest ruler who had ever lived, Shakespeare was dramatizing one of the most famous events in world history. ‘Julius Caesar’ explains how Shakespeare based his play quite closely on Plutarch’s description of Caesar’s life. Shakespeare wrote a study of the uses and abuses of political power, the morality of rebellion, and of assassination, applicable to the state of the nation when the play was first performed, at the Globe in 1599, towards the end of Queen Elizabeth I’s reign.

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