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In Shakespeare’s play, Mark Antony, Caesar’s best friend, calls Julius Caesar “the noblest man that ever lived in the tide of times,” and Brutus, one of the men who murdered him, acknowledges that he has killed “the foremost man of all this world.” Read what moved these men to remove such a man from the Roman seat of authority and how their vision concluded.
Now anyone who has been reading my latest posts will have noticed by now that I’ve been reading a lot of Shakespeare. It has also probably been noticed that I don’t have a lot of praise for his plays. Well, that is about to change.
I really enjoyed this one! Maybe because it was more historical. Maybe because I felt that to some degree the men, though not necessarily heroes, were at least attempting to be as honorable and true to virtue as they knew how. And maybe, … no correct that to “probably,” because I didn’t have to wade through so much filth (perhaps Shakespeare had just come home from church when he penned this one? jk).
Regardless, I felt this play also stood out for its character development. Unlike Shakespeare’s other plays where, I feel, the people are flat and are there to fill a role of “bad guy” and “good guy,” the characters in this story were more dimensional, and therefore more real. And isn’t that what you want in a good story? So kudos, Shakespeare, you did it!
So, if you’ve never read Shakespeare, perhaps start with this one so you know it will be good! … On second thought, … that would only leave you with the mediocre and bad ones to follow it up with. I guess it boils down to whether you’re a “good news first, then bad,” or a “bad news first, then good” type of person. Let me know what you decide!
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