This assignment has three parts– the first will teach you the details of the story of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. You will watch a Shakespeare scholar explain in plain English the story of the play and create an outline that you will use as we read the play. The second part will ask you to read articles and websites related to the history of the Roman Republic in Caesar’s time–helping you to understand the unstable nature of the society and the conspiratorial nature of its leaders. The last part will be creating protest signs for the recitation of the play, based on the social class roles of the period.
Use these resources to uncover the real story behind this play. It is a real life political drama full of deception, intrigue, murder and mayhem.
Step 1: THE PLAY: Watch the film about the story of the play. List the main events from each act on the following document, then print out to use as an outline while we study the play in class.
Step 2: THE HISTORY: View the websites with information on the history of the story, and post your responses to at least two of the questions on our weebly blog page . Then post your response to at least one other student’s response to another question that you did not answer. Make sure grammar, usage and mechanics are correct and writing is clear and concise. Posting on the web doesn’t mean spelling and sentence structure go out the window. Make sure to include your first and last name to all of your postings. (Blog postings and responses: 40 points)
Step 3: THE PEOPLE: Create two signs–one of protest against Caesar from the view of the tribunes, one of support of Caesar from the plebeians. Include in each a main heading, a subtitle that supports that view and an image that reflects your stance on the issue. Then write up a list of at least three complaints against which you are protesting. For the tribune sign, your complaints will target the plebeians who blindly support Caesar. For the plebeian sign, your complaints will target the tribunes, whom they believe no longer represent the lower class struggles.