Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

Book - 2002
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Marc Antony comes "to bury Caesar, not to praise him," and his funeral oration unleashes a power struggle among the Roman Empire's mightiest generals and statesmen. Books in this new, illustrated series present complete texts of Shakespeare's plays. However, the lines are set up so students can see the bard's original poetic phrases printed side-by-side and line-by-line with a modern "translation" on the facing page. Starting in the late 1580s and for several decades that followed, Shakespeare's plays were popular entertainment for London's theatergoers. His Globe Theatre was the equivalent of a Broadway theater in today's New York. The plays have endured, but over the course of 400+ years, the English language has changed in many ways--which is why today's students often find Shakespeare's idiom difficult to comprehend. Simply Shakespeare offers an excellent solution to their problem. Introducing each play is a general essay covering Shakespeare's life and times. At the beginning of each of the five acts in every play, a two-page spread describes what is about to take place. The story's background is explained, followed by brief descriptions of key people who will appear in the act, details students should watch for as the story unfolds, discussion of the play's historical context, how the play was staged in Shakespeare's day, and explanation of puns and plays on words that occur in characters' dialogues. Identifying icons preceding each of these study points are printed in a second color, then are located again as cross-references in the play's original text. For instance, where words spoken by a person in the play offer insights into his or another character's personality, the "Characters" icon will appear as a cross-reference in both the introductory spread and the play proper. Following each act, a closing spread presents questions and discussion points for use as teachers' aids. Guided by the inspiring format of this fine new series, both teachers and students will come to understand and appreciate the genius of Shakespeare as never before.
Publisher: Hauppauge, N.Y. : Barron's, c2002.
ISBN: 9780764120893
0764120891
Branch Call Number: YA/822/.33/T1 3588a4 1
Characteristics: 254 p. : ill. ; 23 cm. --
Additional Contributors: Corzine, Phyllis 1943-

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TigerLily_16
Nov 10, 2015

I like this book! We had to read it for school, and the "No Fear" part made it much easier to read. If you want to start reading Shakespeare, I would suggest No Fear.

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pmg12
Apr 09, 2015

Julius Caesar is in my personal opinion Shakespeare's greatest work. Besides the fact that the play gave us timeless quotes that appear in our world today, but it also gave the readers an opportunity to see the power of change and keeping of past traditions. The two main characters envision a Rome which they believe to be perfect. Unfortunately for them, they are too blind to see that their perfect republic can no longer exist, leading to a tragic death and civil war. The themes in this book are many. The story itself fascinates readers even today. If you don't like Shakespeare, I implore you to read just this one play of his. The story is too important for you to miss out on.

Kdmullerspy Aug 22, 2013

Very Interesting read. I loved the characters

Veepea Jan 04, 2012

I like the No Fear Shakespeare series, if not for them I doubt I would be reading Shakespeare at all. Julius Caesar is a great play and as near to history as is possible. This is my favourite Shakespearian play by far, though I still have many to read. You really sympathize with the characters and it helps you to understand why they acted the way they did.

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pmg12 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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