The Idea of Conflicting Perspectives

The Idea of Conflicting Perspectives

  • Submitted By: kelsiewalker
  • Date Submitted: 04/25/2010 10:57 PM
  • Category: English
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“The idea of conflicting perspectives suggests that the composers of the text present an evenhanded, unbiased attitude to the event, personalities or situations represented.

Evaluate the extent to which representation of events, personalities or situations in the texts you have studied this year reflect the attitude. Refer to your prescribed text.

The text, Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, in-fact does place a bias and uneven attitude to the events, personalities and situations they represent. This is uneven attitude is present in all three texts by various visual and language techniques used by the composer.

The play Julius Caesar by composer William Shakespeare portrays an uneven, biased attitude toward the events, personalities and situations present, this is especially evident in act three scene three. In act three scene two there is a conflict of perspectives between Brutus and Marc Antony. Brutus believes the assassination of Julius Caesar that he took part in was merely a patriotic act, as the conspirators believed Caesar to be a threat to Rome due to his ambition. Contrastingly, Marc Antony believed Caesar was god-like and not ambitious and was was helping Rome thrive. Both characters present a successful funeral oration during act three scene three, however Shakespeare uses many techniques as the composer to convey a bias toward Marc Antony, one technique in particular is the audience as a device.

Both funeral orations from Brutus and Antony question the truth behind their reasoning for Julius Caesar’s assassination. Brutus presents his speech first in this act, and uses the audience as a device. He assures the crowd that his reasoning behind the assassination was for his love for Rome. Brutus begins his speech with “Roman’s, countrymen, and lovers, hear me for my cause”, showing he looks down upon the crowd and sees them merely as Romans before lover’s. Brutus continues on with his speech and appeals to the reason of the crowd, on a...

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