Yesterday, we looked at Antony’s funeral oration in Act Three, Scene Two of Julius Caesar, presenting the text and a brief overview of what I see as the six sections of the oration (the ten speeches of more than a single line in the sequence, with most speeches comprising their own section, but two sections made up of three short consecutive speeches).
Today, let’s follow up with a deeper dive into the first half of the oration (sections one through three–speeches one through five)…
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Yesterday, we started to look at the funeral orations that come hot on the heels of the assassination in Julius Caesar, beginning with Brutus.
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In the aftermath of the assassination of the titular Julius Caesar, there are back-to-back funeral speeches by Brutus and Antony. Over the next few entries, we’ll take a look at them both.
First up, Brutus.
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If you’ve taken a look at the interface, you’ll have noticed two new items:
- in the left-hand navigation, just below our “partners” section, is the new Amazon widget. It has all the items in our brand new Amazon aStore… though to get to the store itself, you’ve got to click the text link just below the widget. If you’re going to buy any Shakespeare- (or play-under-discussion-) related stuff, why not click to it from the Bill / Shakespeare Project. You’ll get what you need, and I get a little something.
- in the right hand navigation, just below the Stitcher widget playing our latest podcast, is another new Amazon widget, allowing you to see, or rather listen to, what’s been in my headphones lately (which in early December of 2014 is the new live Gary Clark Jr., some vintage New Orleans funk from the Meters, and the soundtrack to the recent film Chef).
I plan to update both fairly frequently (the music at least once a month; the aStore when we have a new play to discuss or I’ve added something new to the mix).
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This week’s Shakespeare news review includes a couple of season announcements and the big news of the past few months–a First Folio found in a French library–which spawned a resurgence of the age-old questions: “was Shakespeare was a secret Catholic?” and “was Shakespeare gay?” PLUS our usual recap of this week’s daily highlights in Shakespearean history.
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In the two tragedies we’ve covered thus far, the downfalls come from outside forces: Titus has to deal with the machinations of Tamora and Aaron; Romeo and Juliet are victims of circumstance (at least to the point where the choices they have are limited to bad ones). In Julius Caesar, though, most of the wounds feel self-inflicted.
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This week’s podcast continues our two month-long discussion of Julius Caesar, with reviews of some of the video productions available, plus a live theater (though non-Cesarean) review as well.
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Yesterday, we discussed the very limited uses of bawdy in Julius Caesar. It was a short entry. I don’t expect today’s to be much longer, as we’re discussing comedy in the play.
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Eric Partridge, in his (pretty much indispensable) work on the racy bits of the Bard, Shakespeare’s Bawdy, says of our current play under discussion, Julius Caesar:
After Richard II, the cleanest historical play; and cleaner even than A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest
- Shakespeare’s Bawdy, Partridge, Eric. New York: Routledge, 2008; pages 55
No lie, Mr. Partridge.
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In Act Two, Scene One, of Julius Caesar, we see the only interaction between the husband and wife duo of Brutus and Portia.
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