Julius Caesar: The Use Of Suspense Essay

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Julius Caesar: The Use Of Suspense

Julius Caesar: The Use of Suspense

Suspense can be defined as the uncertainties the reader feels about what
will happen next in a story, or in this case, a play. William Shakespeare
incorporated in Julius Caesar three very suspenseful events on which the whole
play depends.
The first suspenseful event of this play occurs when the conspirators
join and discuss their reasons for assassination. Cassius feels that he is
equal to Caesar, if not even better that him. Shakespeare builds suspense by
using this statement made by Cassius: "I was born free as Caesar…/we both have
fed as well, and we can both / endure the winter's cold as well as he." Then
cassius tries to persuade Brutes to join in on the conspiracy by telling him
that it would be honorable to assassinate Caesar. Cassius tells Brutes that the
fate of Rome is in trouble with Caesar in power, which helps build suspense
early in the play. To convince Brutes conclusively, cassius forged letters and
threw them into Brutus's window where he was sure to find them. Shakespeare
wrote this statement: "we will awake him and be sure of him. This is a very
powerful statement that builds suspense because the reader most likely feels
that Brutes will join in and want to assassinate Caesar, yet the reader is
uncertain as to whether or not the plan will work. These events are very
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