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Ch 2: Julius Caesar Literary Analysis

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The Literary Analysis chapter of this Julius Caesar Study Guide course is the most efficient way to study the analysis of literary devices used in Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar'. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the essential concepts associated with the literary analysis of this play.

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This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the literary analysis of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • Themes in Julius Caesar
  • Major literary devices used
  • Use of different types of irony in Julius Caesar
  • Symbolism, metaphor, simile and figurative language used in the play
  • Rhetorical devices
  • Alliteration, puns and parallelism
  • Shakespeare's use of iambic pentameter
  • Role of women in the play
  • Fate, superstition and omens
  • Major conflicts
  • Friendship and betrayal

29 Lessons in Chapter 2: Julius Caesar Literary Analysis
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Themes in Julius Caesar

1. 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

2. 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.

Irony in Julius Caesar: Examples & Analysis

3. Irony in Julius Caesar: Examples & Analysis

Irony is when something happens that is the opposite of what we expect. There are three types of irony: verbal irony, situational irony and dramatic irony. William Shakespeare's play, Julius Caesar, contains important examples of each.

Dramatic Irony in Julius Caesar: Example & Analysis

4. Dramatic Irony in Julius Caesar: Example & Analysis

Ever wonder why writers let the audience know more than the characters in their stories? In ''Julius Caesar'', William Shakespeare uses the technique of dramatic irony to add suspense for a doomed character.

Verbal Irony in Julius Caesar

5. Verbal Irony in Julius Caesar

Verbal irony is when a person says one thing but means another. In William Shakespeare's ''Julius Caesar'', we can find many examples of verbal irony.

Situational Irony in Julius Caesar

6. Situational Irony in Julius Caesar

Have you ever gone into a situation expecting one outcome, and instead got a different one? Read about situational irony and how William Shakespeare uses the literary device to bring about unexpected results in 'Julius Caesar'.

Personification in Julius Caesar

7. Personification in Julius Caesar

Personification is a tool writers use to apply human qualities to nonhuman objects or concepts. In this lesson we will examine several instances of personification in William Shakespeare's ''Julius Caesar''.

Symbols in Julius Caesar

8. Symbols in Julius Caesar

Writers use symbols to make their writing more interesting and to express complicated ideas in more simple way. In this lesson, we will examine several important symbols from William Shakespeare's play 'Julius Caesar.'

Imagery in Julius Caesar

9. Imagery in Julius Caesar

Imagery is a powerful tool that helps readers visualize a story. In this lesson we will examine several examples of imagery from William Shakespeare's ~'Julius Caesar.~'

Anachronism in Julius Caesar

10. Anachronism in Julius Caesar

Whether they are mistakes or used purposely, items in a story that don't belong to the time can be fascinating to study. In this lesson, we will look at several examples of anachronisms from William Shakespeare's ''Julius Caesar''.

Figurative Language in Julius Caesar

11. Figurative Language in Julius Caesar

Figurative language is a broad term that includes many writing techniques. In this lesson we will examine several examples of figurative language in William Shakespeare's ''Julius Caesar''.

Metaphor in Julius Caesar

12. Metaphor in Julius Caesar

Metaphors help writers compare two things that may not seem similar, without using the words 'like' or 'as'. In this lesson, we will examine several metaphors from William Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar.'

Simile in Julius Caesar

13. Simile in Julius Caesar

Similes are a type of literary tool that authors use to compare two things. In this lesson we will look at several examples of similes in William Shakespeare's ''Julius Caesar''.

Rhetorical Devices in Julius Caesar

14. 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.

Alliteration in Julius Caesar

15. Alliteration in Julius Caesar

Alliteration is a writing technique that helps make a passage more memorable. In this lesson, we will look at William Shakespeare's ''Julius Caesar'' and explore several examples of alliteration in the play.

Foreshadowing in Julius Caesar

16. Foreshadowing in Julius Caesar

Foreshadowing is a tool used by writers to make their writing more interesting. In this lesson, we'll take a look at how William Shakespeare used foreshadowing in his tragedy 'Julius Caesar'.

Puns in Julius Caesar

17. Puns in Julius Caesar

In this lesson, we will examine several examples of puns in William Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar.' We will also examine what they reveal about the characters and intentions.

Parallelism in Julius Caesar

18. Parallelism in Julius Caesar

Parallelism is a literary techniques that writers use to help make information memorable and easier to understand. In this lesson, we will take a look at several examples of parallelism in William Shakespeare's ''Julius Caesar.''

Iambic Pentameter in Julius Caesar

19. Iambic Pentameter in Julius Caesar

In poetry, iambic pentameter is a special pattern that syllables follow in a verse. Shakespeare uses this pattern throughout his play ''Julius Caesar''. This lesson explains the use of iambic pentameter and provides examples from the text.

Women in Julius Caesar

20. Women in Julius Caesar

In William Shakespeare's tragic play ''Julius Caesar,'' there are two female characters. Each of them adds drama and interest to the play. In this lesson we will take a close look at both characters.

Omens in Julius Caesar

21. Omens in Julius Caesar

Omens, signs that foretell future events, appear throughout 'The Tragedy of Julius Caesar.' Test your knowledge of omens in the play by taking a short quiz after the lesson.

Conflicts in Julius Caesar

22. Conflicts in Julius Caesar

Conflicts are what make a story interesting. In this lesson, we will take a look at some of the conflicts in William Shakespeare's tragic play 'Julius Caesar.'

External Conflict in Julius Caesar

23. External Conflict in Julius Caesar

External conflict helps make a story more interesting and also describes the action. In this lesson we will take a look external conflict in William Shakespeare's ''Julius Caesar''.

Loyalty in Julius Caesar

24. Loyalty in Julius Caesar

'Julius Caesar' is a tragic play written by William Shakespeare. Loyalty is one of the major ideas explored in 'Julius Caesar.' In this lesson, we'll examine the idea of loyalty in the play.

Fate in Julius Caesar

25. Fate in Julius Caesar

William Shakespeare's play 'Julius Caesar' explores the concept of fate throughout the story. In this lesson we will look at how fate is portrayed in the tragedy 'Julius Caesar'.

Superstition in Julius Caesar

26. Superstition in Julius Caesar

Superstition is different between cultures and times. In this lesson, we will look at several examples of superstition in William Shakespeare's ''Julius Caesar''.

Friendship in Julius Caesar

27. Friendship in Julius Caesar

Friendship is an important concept in many stories. In this lesson, we will examine some of the friendships from William Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar,' specifically, Cassius and Brutus, Antony and Caesar, and Brutus and Caesar.

Betrayal in Julius Caesar

28. Betrayal in Julius Caesar

Betrayal can be considered the foundation for 'Julius Caesar'. In this lesson, we will look at some of the most significant acts of betrayal in Shakespeare's tragedy.

Julius Caesar Vocabulary Flashcards

Julius Caesar Vocabulary Flashcards

William Shakespeare wrote ''Julius Caesar'' in the 1600's. It can be difficult to understand the vocabulary being used for many reasons. Used these flashcards to improve your understanding of why it is a challenge and what are some of the definitions.

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