Thursday, June 4, 2020

Free Download: William Shakespeare, "The Tragedy of Julius Caesar”

"Dogs of War: Fight to the Death"
by Uncola 

"And Caesar’s spirit, ranging for revenge,
With Ate by his side come hot from hell,
Shall in these confines with a monarch’s voice
Cry ‘Havoc,’ and let slip the dogs of war;"
- Mark Antony, "The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, III.i"

"In William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”, the main character isn’t Caesar. On the contrary, the story is mostly about everyone else. If prose could be equated to cuisine, then “Julius Caesar”, although the Bard’s shortest play, was, nevertheless, a veritable feast; an exotic, psychological buffet of torn loyalties, political treachery, honor, patriotism, friendship, intrigue, tragedy, and revenge. Caesar, who believed himself to be as immutable as the North Star, soon lay mortally sliced and diced by those whom he trusted, thus setting off a chain reaction whereby the destiny of Rome and the fate of the killers were, seemingly, preordained by the vengeance of an unseen ghost recalled from the grave. Perils abound around every corner and, as Caesar said to the soothsayer (act three, scene one):  “The ides of March are come.”

Freely download "The Tragedy of Julius Caesar”, by William Shakespeare, here:

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