Module C Conflicting Perspectives Julius Caesar

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Question:
[To what extent has Textual form shaped your understanding of conflicting perspectives?
ref. your prescribed text and at least ONE other text.]

Humans exist as creatures of conflict. Exploring different perspectives of these conflicts provides an accurate insight toward the basis of humanity. Both Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and Cormac McCathy’s The Road affected by textual form that illustrates the complexity of the human condition through the mediums of ancient Roman political society, and a post-apocalyptic dystopian world.

The conflict between characters within Julius Caesar can be better appreciated with the knowledge of how textual form affects perception of ...view middle of the document...

Brutus’ greatest conflict is based upon a manipulated decision based on the conditional tense “so Caesar may” and the continuation of the use of animal motifs “...and therefore think him [Caesar] a serpent (which, hatched, would as his kind grow mischievous) and kill him in the shell. However Brutus’ conflict lies in the killing itself. Brutus loves Caesar the man, but fears the idea of another “tarquin king” such as his ancestors removed. It is this conflict that eventually leads to both Caesar and Brutus’ deaths. Caesar’s conflict lies between his ‘public face’ and his private self. Caesar the ruler is arrogant, referring to himself in the third person “Yet Caesar shall go forth” and considering himself more dangerous than danger - another continuation of the use of animal motifs - “...and I the older and more powerful lion.” Conflicting the ruler Caesar is the feeble man Julius - “...for always am I caesar... Come on my right hand as my left is deaf.” These conflicts masterfully evoke an audiences thoughts as they explore emotions that are timeless and relevant to all humanity.

Textual form in Caesar’s funeral ceremony is used by Antony and Brutus to sway the mob. Brutus appeals to a sense of pathos “Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears” in an attempt to convince the mob that Caesar’s murder was for the greater good. Antony appeals to a sense of...

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