Caesar’s Reincarnation Essay
According to an ancient Norse saying, “All creatures die, including men, but one thing never dies, the renown of the noble dead.” In the play Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare leaves several hints suggesting that Caesar, “…the foremost man in all this world,” (4.3.22) never truly dies. His faithful follower, Mark Antony, embodies his personality. His lasting memories and role in the purpose of the conspiracy keep him alive in name. And the appearance of his ghost, haunting the conspirators before their deaths, keeps him alive in sprit . Caesar never dies in body, name, or spirit.
Mark Antony embodies Caesar’s manipulative, ambitious, and ruthless characteristics. During Caesar’s funeral oration, Shakespeare …show more content…
Furthermore, Caesar’s living legacy and the memories he leaves behind keep Caesar alive in name. In both Brutus and Mark Antony’s funeral orations, Caesar remains the topic of the speeches. However, Shakespeare introduces Caesar’s name several times, keeping his image alive in both the reader’s mind and in the minds of the plebeians. Brutus highlights Caesar’s sense of ambition and danger to the republic, yet Mark Antony highlights his good deeds and legacies. Mark Antony keeps Caesar’s