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Shakespeares The Tragedy of Julius Caesar was based mainly on Plutarchs Life of Caesar In his play he based the events mostly on Plutarchs biography but he also made additions to Plutarchs story for his own dramatic purposes Shakespeares has made additions to three important scenes in the play Calpurnias dream and Artemidorus attempts to warn Caesar and the assassination scene to suit his dramatic purposes Shakespeares dramatization of the assassination scene in the play was very similar to Plutarchs account of the event Once Caesar walks into the Senate all of the conspirators gather around him to petition for Metellus Cimbers brother who was banished from Rome All of the Conspirators support his cause for his brother The conspirators anger Caesar and Caesar repeals their demand Casca then strikes the first stab to Caesar and then the other conspirators follow The two accounts differ when Shakespeare decides to omit what Caesar says to Casca Casca you villain what are you doing and what Casca says Help Brother For dramatic purposes Shakespeare put in the phrase Et tu Brute into his play while Plutarch left out the phrase in his historical account The facts that Shakespeare has taken from Plutarchs biography were that the Conspirators were able to gather around Caesar by begging for the return of Metelluss banned brother Shakespeare also took the fact that Casca was the first to strike Caesar and that Brutus was the last person to strike Caesar Calpurnias dream in Shakespeares play was a very different account from Plutarchs biography In Plutarchs biography he described Calpurnias dream She was dreaming at that time that she was holding his murdered body in her arms and was weeping over it In Shakespeares play Caesars statue was pouring blood and the Romans were washing their hand in the blood Shakespeare has taken the fact that Calpurnia has dreamt of a foreshadowing of Caesars death but none of the facts in
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