One of the key tragic elements of William Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" is the way in which characters dismiss their own feelings and loyalties in favor of public duty. Brutus, for instance, ignores his friendship with t... More » Art & Literature Literature

A major theme in "Julius Caesar" is public self versus private self, explains SparkNotes. Brutus and Caesar each struggle with this internal conflict and their choices drive much of the play's action. More » Art & Literature Literature Plays

While classical tragedy generally involved heroic people in simply awful situations (often of their own making), modern tragedy places everyday people in similar quagmires in a contemporary setting. The tragedy of "Oedip... More » World View Social Sciences
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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 n... More » Art & Literature Literature Classics

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William Shakespeare's play "Julius Caesar" contains a pun in which a cobbler plays with the implied double meaning of the word "soles," which is a homophone for "souls." This line of dialogue appears in Act 1, Scene 1 of... More » Art & Literature Literature Classics