Katie Bradley and Laraib Zahid
Ms. Avila 10H
In William Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar, figurative language (metaphor) is used to show Caesar’s dominant and powerful character and how weak and naive the Roman citizens are. During Act I, Scene III, Cassius is talking to Casca about the current state of Rome and how Caesar views the citizens. He says, “And why should Caesar be a tyrant, then? Poor man, I know he would not be a wolf but that he sees Romans are but sheep.” Caesar is being described as a wolf and the people of Rome as sheep. If you take away Caesar’s power, he no longer has influence over the people. Furthermore, because the citizens of Rome fear his strength and see Caesar as a superior to them, Caesar automatically sees them as the sheep and himself as the wolf. This metaphor is used to show the predator/prey relationship between Caesar and the citizens of Rome. The citizens are weak compared to the power of Caesar. He highlights the fact that Caesar see’s the people of Rome as a prey that he feeds upon in order to increase his powerful influence. As you can see, Cassius is telling this to Casca to manipulate him in bringing Caesar down through the power of persuasion. The illustration interprets the quote:
“And why should Caesar be a tyrant, then? Poor man, I know he would not be a wolf But that he sees the Romans are but sheep.” In the drawing we drew Julius Caesar holding a lightning bolt and on the other side we drew the Roman citizens. The illustration is divided in half with shows the relative difference between Caesar and the Roman citizens. The Roman citizens are weak and naiveté. They are portrayed as a sheep as stated in the quote, so we decided to draw them as tiny characters, wearing roman style clothing. The colors they are each wearing symbolize how they were portrayed in the relationship between Caesar and the citizens of Rome. The people of Rome were naive because they don’t know...
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