ISBN 9788126916061,William Shakespeare's: Julius Caesar

William Shakespeare's: Julius Caesar


Ratri Ray


Atlantic Books



Atlantic Books

Publication Year 2011

ISBN 9788126916061

ISBN-10 8126916060


Number of Pages 200 Pages
Language (English)


Every time Shakespeare is read or taught one faces a challenge: how to make him comprehensible to the eager student. This is what the present work daringly sets out to do. It provides the reader with biographical, socio-political and the literary background of Shakespeare.

Julius Caesar belongs to the group of the Roman plays. It is both a history play and a tragedy. There are three plays within this group, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra and Coriolanus. There are other plays concerned with Roman historical figures, but they do not fall within this group. Titus Andronicus is a Senecan tragedy and Timon of Athens a Problem comedy. Julius Caesar is a play faithful to history, for Shakespeare had followed the Roman historian Plutarch very closely yet it is not just a history play, as shall be seen in the chapter dealing with the genre of the play. It has been called, in addition to a historical tragedy, a morality play and a revenge tragedy. The complexity of the play can be imagined from these simple indications.

This book in The Atlantic Critical Studies series focuses on the major elements of the play. A scene-wise critical summary of the text is given in order to familiarise the reader with the play. Numerous quotations from the text have also been given. Different elements of drama have been analysed along with the views of renowned critics. Classical theories as well as more recent critical views have been given, which makes the book useful to the teachers as well as students of English literature, especially Shakespeare. Select Bibliography has been provided to stimulate further reading and Index is given for easy location of terms.