The multi award-winning SmartPass study guide, with and without commentary options. This is a full-cast, unabridged performance with comprehensive commentary and analysis for any student to fully understand and appreciate the play. Soak up the atmosphere of ancient Rome. Decide for yourself whether Caesar's power and ambition was a threat to the Republic, and whether assassination can ever be justified.More
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Three Cheers for Julius Caesar and SmartPass
Shakespeare's First Great Play
Great, bloody, dramatic.
What I liked best about this story was Shakespeare's craftsmanship as a storyteller and a dramatist. He was far ahead of his time. His plays are unsurpassed for their beauty, language, and tragedy. If a production of "Julius Caesar" comes to town, I can see it with confidence after having listened to SmartPass' dramatization and commentary.
I love the use of multiple actors to bring the story to life. An added treat are the women actors given that in Shakespeare's era women actors were banned from the stage and men played all of the women roles. It was great listening to real women and how Shakespeare accomplished writing in depth and complicated female characters even though he never saw a woman perform them.
The moment in the book that particularly moved me was the Roman Senate's assassination of Julius Caesar. I felt every knife blow and wanted to say "Et tu, Brute?" The assassination was vivid and violent. It stays with me.The perpetrators are right--people will reenact the assassination on stage for centuries.