In William Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar," Brutus, in speaking to his motives for joining the conspiracy, personifies ambition, saying "The lowliness is young ambitions ladder ... he then into the ladder turns his back." As personification attributes human actions or ideals to inanimate objects, seeing the ladder as "ambition" is personification.
This ascribing of human qualities or actions to an object, animal, or ideal includes such statements as "the city yawned, stretching like a cat, then fell asleep." Personification gives writing character, pulling the reader more deeply into the story. Such an example from "Julius Caesar" is Marrulus' statement that "the Tiber trembled beneath her banks," and Calpurnia's fearful breath, "... and graves have yawn'd and yielded up their dead."Learn More
In William Shakespeare's play "Julius Caesar," Caesar's wife, Calpurnia, begs him to stay home because she dreamed of his murder. At this point in the play, Act 2, Scene 2, Brutus and other Roman senators have decided to murder Caesar when he comes to the Capitol.Full Answer >
An example of dramatic irony in "Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare is when Caesar is warned about the Ides of March by the soothsayer. Dramatic irony occurs when the audience knows something that the character does not know. In this scene, the audience recognizes that the Ides of March is the day Caesar dies, but Caesar himself does not know this and ignores the warning, which results in his death.Full Answer >
In William Shakespeare's play "Julius Caesar," the characters Octavius and Antony have an argument in the fifth act over how they will attack Brutus and Cassius's armies. Antony is the more experienced soldier, ordering Octavius to attack from the left but Octavius refuses, believing he should command the more important unit and attack from the right.Full Answer >
"Beware the Ides of March," warned the soothsayer to Julius Caesar in the tragic play by William Shakespeare. The Ides of March refers to the middle of the Roman month of Martius, or the 15th day of March.Full Answer >