Julius Caesar By William Shakespeare

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Known as one of the greatest playwrights of all time, William Shakespeare wrote and produced thirty-seven plays. One of them was a historical fiction, Julius Caesar. When creating his masterpieces, Shakespeare used many different literary devices and techniques to make the plays more animated and captivating. The language used by each character was precisely chosen to evoke the audience's feelings and keep them on their toes for the rest of the show. There are many examples of Shakespeare's literary devices in Julius Caesar. Most of the literary devices discussed in this essay were spoken about in class.

One of the literary devices William Shakespeare used in his plays were anachronisms. Anachronisms were out of time or chronological order. Although the play was set in Ancient Rome, Shakespeare inserted ideas and words used in medieval times. This was done to enable the Elizabethan audience to relate and identify more with the characters.

An example of an anachronism is found in Act I, Scene One, when Marullus rebuked the mob for their fickleness in regard to replacing their loyalty to Pompey for Caesar. Marullus criticized the Romans for climbing to their chimney tops to cheer on Caesar as he passed by. This is an anachronism, for in Ancient Rome there were no chimneys on which to climb. Another example is in Act I, Scene Three. One of the tactics Cassius used to persuade Brutus to join the conspiracy was having forged letters placed in his home. This was also an anachronism because while in Elizabethan times they used papers and letters, in Ancient Rome they wrote on scrolls. One final instance where Shakespeare used an anachronism was found in Act II, Scene One. At this point in the play, the conspirators were gathered in Brutus' orchard in the middle of...