conflicting perspectives: Julius Caesar and Goodnight and Goodluck

Essay by JessRoseHigh School, 12th gradeA, September 2014

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In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, the playwright deliberately portrays the personality of Brutus as a vehicle for the representation of conflicting perspectives. Achieved through literary techniques utilizing oxymorons extended metaphors and rhetoric language, Brutus' internal conflict as well as the contrasting political and social perspectives upon his veracity and credibility is juxtaposed with the personality of Edward. R. Murrow. As depicted in George Clooney's film ' Goodnight and Good luck,' the character of Murrow explores the representation of conflicting perspectives as he fights to prevent further anti-communist persecutions led by Senator Joseph McCarthy. And it is from both texts from which I gain my understanding of the relationship between representation and meaning.

In regards to the assassination of Julius Caesar, as seen in Shakespeare's play, conflicting perspectives are acknowledged foremost through Brutus's Justification of Caesars demise. -" Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more. Had you rather Caesar were living and die all slaves, than that Caesar were dead, to live all freeman?" This antithetical quotation advocates the understanding that the assassination of Caesar was purely for the betterment of Rome, making the responder susceptible to the possibility that Brutus truly could of had honorable intentions and aimed to free the romans from the oppressions faced under Caesars tyranny.

However the logical fallacy in Brutus's perspective is juxtaposed with that of Antony's: " I thrice present Caesar a kingly crown, which he thriced refused. Was this ambition? Yet Brutus says he was Ambitious." Using this highly rhetoric dialogue, Antony's eulogy serves the purpose of undermining Brutus's previous speech. Antony expresses his opposing perspective as he appeals to the morality of the Romans, much unlike Brutus, who appealed to their logic. As a result, both accounts lead to the mixed perception of Brutus as either an...