Julius Caesar: A Guide to the Play

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Now let it work. Mischief, thou art afoot,
Take thou what course thou wilt. (260-261)

He has won the contest, as he well knows. Confirming news soon arrives of his opponents' flight: "Brutus and Cassius / Are rid like madmen through the gates of Rome" (268-269).


NOTES
1.
Freytag Technik des Dramas appeared in 1863. A translation of the second edition of 1896, Technique of the Drama: An Exposition of Dramatic Composition and Art, by Elias J. MacEwan , has been reprinted ( St. Clair Shores, Mich.: Scholarly Press, 1969). See pp. 114-140.
2.
Harley Granville-Barker feels this moment is the more dramatic for its low-key effect; it is "significant in its insignificance." Prefaces to Shakespeare: Julius Caesar ( Portsmouth, N.H.: Heineman, 1995 [ 1925]), p. 50. For this identification of the play's turning point, Granville-Barker acknowledges R. G. Moulton, Shakespeare as a Dramatic Artist ( Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1906), pp. 197-198.
3.
Aristotle's Poetics: A Translation and Commentary for Students of Literature, trans. Leon Golden, commentary by O. B. Hardison Jr. ( Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1968), p. 11.
4.
Considerable critical attention has been given to this question of ambiguity. See, for example, Ernest Schanzer, "Julius Caesar as a Problem Play," in Leonard F. Dean, ed., Twentieth Century Interpretations of Julius Caesar (Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1968), pp. 67-72.
5.
Leah Scragg, Discovering Shakespeare's Meaning: An Introduction to the Study of Shakespeare's Dramatic Structures ( London: Longman, 1988, 1994), p. 152.
6.
Alexander Leggatt, Shakespeare's Political Drama: The History Plays and the Roman Plays ( London: Routledge, 1988), p. 153.
7.
David Bevington, Introduction to Julius Caesar ( New York: Bantam Classics, 1988), pp. xx-xxi.
8.
Geoffrey Miles, Shakespeare and the Constant Romans ( Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996), p. 139.
9.
Granville-Barker, Prefaces, p. 104.
10.
E. A.J. Honigman, Shakespeare: Seven Tragedies: The Dramatist's Manipulation of Response ( New York: Harper & Row, 1976), p. 38.
11.
T. J.B. Spencer, ed., Shakespeare's Plutarch (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1964), p. 163.
12.
Charles Boyce, "Casca," in Shakespeare A to Z ( New York: Roundtable Press, 1990), p. 95.
13.
Anne Barton, "Rhetoric in Ancient Rome," in Harold Bloom, ed., William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar ( New York: Chelsea House, 1988), p. 80.
14.
Luke 2:1, quoted from the King James Bible of 1607. In the Geneva Bible, available to Shakespeare's 1599 audience, Augustus Caesar sends out a "commandment."
15.
Northrop Frye discusses the flexible qualities of poetic rhythm, pointing out that "iambic pentameter provides a field of syncopation in which stress and meter can to some

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Julius Caesar: A Guide to the Play
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Table of contents

  • Recent Titles in Greenwood Guides to Shakespeare ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • ABBREVIATIONS OF CITED WORKS xi
  • 1 - Textual History 1
  • Notes 10
  • 2 - Contexts and Sources 11
  • Notes 26
  • 3 - Dramatic Structure 29
  • Notes 59
  • 4 - Themes 61
  • Notes 83
  • 5 - Critical Approaches 85
  • Notes 96
  • 6 - The Play in Performance 99
  • Notes 128
  • SELECTED ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY 133
  • Index 141
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