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Historical Caesar Versus Shakespearean Caesar Julius Caesar can be portrayed in two different aspects One aspect being historical and the other being fictional An example of Caesar being portrayed as fictional is in the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare Shakespeare describes Julius Caesar differently compared to who Julius Caesar actually was This paper will contrast what Julius Caesar was like in William Shakespeares play and what he was like historically In the tragic play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare Shakespeare interprets Caesar as an older plump man with facial hair Mentally Shakespeare created Caesar as a demanding tyrant who was very rude and overconfident GB Harrison describes Caesar in Shakespeares play as being An unsympathetic pompous tyrant During the scene between Caesar and Calpurnia his overconfidence was shown Calpurnia believed that Caesar was going to be murdered and so she feared for him However Caesar wouldnt believe what she was saying He believed no one would want to do such a task to him The things that threatened me Neer looked but on my back When they shall see the face of Caesar they are vanishedAct 2210 - 12 This quote represents how egotistical Caesar is because the quote shows his belief of how powerful and loved he thinks he is in Rome The reason Shakespeare could easily create Caesar as such an evil man is because Shakespeare could put his words into Caesars mouth and into the mouths of the other characters This allowed Shakespeare to create any picture of Julius Caesar he wanted Caesars behavior towards the senate and Cassius was very different in Shakespeares tragedy in comparison to Caesars actual history For instance in the play Julius Caesar Caesar was courteous and friendly towards the senate and their ideas Where as historically Caesar was very dishonest with them He tried to overload the senate by weakening their power but at the same
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