December 14, 2012
Shakespeare’s unique language and description creates a specific effect throughout the novel to convey a impactful message. In Cassius’s speech (Act 1; scene 3 lines 57-78)
Shakespeare uses several types of figurative language to create a specific impression. Cassius main purpose on the novel is the serve as one of the characters in Caesars demise, and through this speech that purpose if clearly demonstrated.
Cassius speaks in a way that he represents himself as an individual higher than the rest. Shakespeare has Cassius speak this way to portray an impression of nobility and respect to Casca. He views himself in a high regard than other, and by having him speak with the use of figurative language this provides the effect of emphasis on the importance Cassius is trying to tress, that Caesar does not deserve the praise he has been given. The main purpose of this speech in the play is to convince Casca that Caesar in undeserving of his success and someone should put him in his place. This speech causes Casca to side with Cassius and be moved enough to join him in his plan to destroy Caesar.
Not only does Cassius’s speech have an effect on the Casca it also has a lasting impression on the audience. It portrays how Cassius feels toward Caesar and this allows the audience to understand their relationship. It created the impression on the audience that Cassius is a man of influence because it shows how impactful his speech was to Casca. The audience is not only able to understand how it impacted Casca but also able to sense the disapproval of Caesar as king by Cassius because of how highly he viewed himself.
Shakespeare is able to achieve all of this though his use of sensory details and impressions. He uses several types of literary devices to add emphasis to different parts of his speech. For example when Cassius says,” Why all these fires, why all these gliding ghosts,...