Ch 6: Drama Characteristics: Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

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Students find out what dramatic writing is all about as they work through these lessons on ''Julius Caesar''. Whether they're studying Shakespeare as an academic pursuit or for the joy of it, these lessons will be of great help.

Drama Characteristics: Shakespeare's Julius Caesar - Chapter Summary

These lessons introduce students to one of the Bard's greatest tragedies. Students will learn how a dramatic work is structured, what the elements are that comprise it, and see how Shakespeare demonstrates all of these in Julius Caesar.

Students can access these lessons from any internet-capable device, including a desktop, laptop, tablet or notebook computer, or even from a smartphone! Brief yet comprehensive, these lessons fit readily into a classroom schedule, or students can study freely on their own time. The lessons in this chapter will enable them to:

  • Describe and explain the elements of a dramatic work
  • Identify the components of a play, including scenes, acts, etc.
  • Note and explain stage directions
  • Demonstrate how to read and interpret dialogue
  • Trace tragedy in drama from classical to modern and understand what constitutes a tragic hero
  • Compare the historical Julius Caesar to the character depicted by Shakespeare
  • Analyze Caesar's character as Shakespeare presents him
  • Explain themes, literary and rhetorical devices found in Julius Caesar

11 Lessons in Chapter 6: Drama Characteristics: Shakespeare's Julius Caesar
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Elements of Drama: Characters, Plot, Setting & Symbolism

1. Elements of Drama: Characters, Plot, Setting & Symbolism

Have you ever wondered how actors in a play can convey a story without the audience reading the script? Watch and learn how playwrights use dramatic elements to tell a story on the stage.

Drama Structure: Acts, Scenes, Prologue & Epilogue

2. Drama Structure: Acts, Scenes, Prologue & Epilogue

Plays have a definite structure that can include a prologue, acts, scenes, and an epilogue. In this lesson, you'll learn about each of those parts and how they fit together to form a play.

Identifying Stage Directions in a Drama

3. Identifying Stage Directions in a Drama

Plays don't only contain the words the characters say; they also have stage directions. In this lesson, you'll learn how to distinguish stage directions from dialogue and what the most common directions mean.

Reading & Interpreting Dialogue from a Script or Play

4. Reading & Interpreting Dialogue from a Script or Play

Interpreting lines from a play means more than understanding the definitions of the words. In this lesson, you'll learn how to tap into the emotional content of lines and develop an interpretation.

Tragedy in Drama: Classical to Modern

5. Tragedy in Drama: Classical to Modern

Nearly every story has a hero, but some are better off by the end of the story than others. In this video, we learn what is so tragic about the hero in a tragedy.

Tragic Hero: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

6. Tragic Hero: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

You may have cried and rooted for a few tragic figures in your lifetime, but do you know what this term really entails? Watch this video lesson to learn more about these dramatic figures and meet a few exemplary individuals.

Julius Caesar: Shakespeare's Play vs. History

7. Julius Caesar: Shakespeare's Play vs. History

In this lesson, we'll examine Shakespeare's take on the life of Julius Caesar, which spawned such famous quotes as 'Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears!' and 'Et tu, Brute!' We'll also take a look at Brutus and Cassius, the conspirators who plotted Caesar's demise, as well as Mark Antony and Octavius, who remained loyal.

Shakespeare's Julius Caesar: Character Analysis & Traits

8. Shakespeare's Julius Caesar: Character Analysis & Traits

In Shakespeare's tragedy 'Julius Caesar,' we see a glimpse into the downfall of noble characters set in historical fiction. In this lesson, we explore a few of the character traits that led to their demise.

Themes in Julius Caesar

9. Themes in Julius Caesar

'The Tragedy of Julius Caesar' is one of William Shakespeare's historical dramas. In the play, he explored themes relevant throughout the history of politics.

Literary Devices in Julius Caesar

10. Literary Devices in Julius Caesar

There are many different types of literary devices used in written works and their use has been prevalent for centuries. Explore three types of devices used in Shakespear's 'Julius Caesar,' and find examples from the play's text that represent the use of allusion, hyperbole, and allegory throughout the story.

Rhetorical Devices in Julius Caesar

11. Rhetorical Devices in Julius Caesar

Though many of Shakespeare's plays are known for their great speeches, 'Julius Caesar' is perhaps the most rhetorical of Shakespeare's plays, as the characters employ a variety of rhetorical devices to persuade the audience.

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