What is a piece of imagery in Act Five of "Julius Caesar"?


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The following speech from Mark Antony is a piece of imagery from Act 5 of William Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar:" "Villains, you did not so, when your vile daggers / Hack'd one another in the sides of Caesar: / You show'd your teeth like apes, and fawn'd like hounds..." This quotation employs powerful visual imagery to clearly depict the violence and flattery the conspirators used to murder Caesar.

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Imagery is vivid language that appeals to the reader's senses. Shakespeare also uses a blend of visual and tactile imagery in Scene 3 when Cassius says, "Mount thou my horse, and hide thy spurs in him." The visual idea of someone riding a horse so hard that the spurs are literally buried in the horse's side coincides with the empathetic feeling of the pain that horse might experience.

Another poignant image is a picture of the dying Cassius that Titinius paints in Scene 2: "O setting sun, / As in thy red rays thou dost sink to-night, / So in his red blood Cassius' day is set; / The sun of Rome is set!" This stunning image portrays the merging of the red sunset happening in the sky with the red blood flowing out of Cassius's body. Both the blood and sunset imply that something is ending, which makes sense; Titinius fears that the failure of the conspirators' plan presages the end of the old Roman ways and the beginning of a new regime.

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