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Title: DRAMA


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DRAMA
  • SHAKESPEAREAN TRAGEDY

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TRAGEDY
  • Series of events which ends unhappily
  • Suffering possibly followed by redemption
  • Provides audience with a catharsis (emotional
    purging)

3
TRAGIC HERO
  • Falls from a high status
  • Usually dies
  • Commits a hamartia or possesses a fatal flaw
  • Often full of hubris (excessive pride)
  • Downfall is his/her own fault

4
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
  • Takes place in Rome, Italy (44 BC)
  • Written by William Shakespeare in 1599

5
Background of Caesar
  • Ruled Rome as part of a triumvirate
  • Military leader left Rome for 9 years to
    conquer what is now Central Europe
  • Upon his return, there were mixed emotions about
    him.
  • Fearing he would become a tyrant, conspirators
    plotted his assassination .

6
PLAY OPENS
  • February 15, 44 BC
  • Lupercal Roman Fertility Festival
  • Caesar has just returned to Rome.
  • Some want to celebrate his return others remain
    loyal to Pompey who has recently died.
  • Caesar died on March 15, 44 BC.

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MAJOR CHARACTERS
  • Julius Caesar last remaining member of
    triumvirate
  • Marcus Brutus senator and loyal friend to
    Caesar
  • Caius Cassius plotting the conspiracy
  • Marcus Antonius (Marc Antony) loyal friend to
    Caesar

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Shakespearean Plays
  • Major characters parts are written in BLANK
    VERSE (unrhymed iambic pentameter).

9
Common Literary Devices
  • Couplets 2 adjacent lines that rhyme
  • Similes/Metaphors unexpected comparisons
  • Personification giving human qualities to
    non-human objects
  • Literary Allusion references to other literary
    works

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ELEMENTS OF PERSUASION
  • Appeals LOGICAL, ETHICAL, EMOTIONAL (logos,
    ethos, pathos)
  • Anticipation of Opposition and Refutation
  • Powerful diction (word choice) with heavy
    connotation
  • Imagery (appeal to senses)

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STAGING
  • Elaborate costuming
  • Props to indicate location/time, etc.
  • Simple sets
  • Male actors only
  • The Globe
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