1.”Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.”
We fear everything in life.And with each fear,feel insecurity that suppresses the importance of present between the uncertainty of future and the remorse of past. This insecurity kills us each moment,and our whole life becomes an eternal wait for the end.
Shakespeare very well summarizes the vulnerability in cowardice,and the strength in valiance in this sentence;denoting very clearly,how courage exposes us to death only once.After which,we feel nothing.
2.”Set honor in one eye and death i’ the other,
I will look on both indifferently.”
This brilliant dialogue by Caesar,gives us a hint about his gutsy as well as boastful personality. Gutsy because to him honor is more precious,than death is dangerous.And boastful,because he takes the pride in making people acknowledge this from his own side.The indifference of both to Caesar is seen till his last breath,when he dies not of wounds but of betrayal.
3.”Men at some time are masters of their fates:
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves,
that we are underlings”
Shakespeare here tells us how Caesar,doesn’t believe in luck as much he does in freewill.
Since he is self-made,he rejects the concept of fate and superstition,and believes man can himself mould and shape his life with his actions. While if he is an underling,he fails to master his fate;blaming it on the faults in his stars.
4.”Let me have men about me that are fat;
Sleek-headed men and such as sleep o’ nights;
Yond’ Cassius has a lean and hungry look;
He thinks too much: such men are dangerous”
These are some of the most eloquent lines in the whole play. Caesar here tells us that he would like to keep confidence in men who are happy- go-lucky,who like to sleep more and have interest in parties and cuisines.Mostly because such men are transparent and non-manipulative.
While men like Cassius,who aren’t into theatre or sports,think too much and are not trust-worthy hence.Later he also says,Cassius rarely laughs and when he does,its more like mocking himself that he could be brought to laugh.
5.“But I am constant as the Northern Star,
Of whose true fixed and resting quality
There is no fellow in the firmament.
The skies are painted with unnumbered sparks;
They are all fire, and every one doth shine;
But there’s but one in all doth hold his place.”
Caesar here shows how he differs from the rest of the common mortal crowd.He says,prayers could have moved him only if he could have prayed to move others. And how he is fixed like the Northern star which holds its place with constancy.
Here Shakespeare gives us a hint about Caesar’s arrogance.At this point of the story,Caesar rejects warnings about danger hovering over him and hence reaches the senate,where an organised murder is waiting for him.
6.”I thrice presented him a kingly crown,
Which he did thrice refuse. Was this ambition?
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious,
And sure he is an honorable man.”
Antony’s speech is the one of the turning points of the story of Julius Caesar.This trusted friend of his,addresses the crowd,after his assassination,to carve out sympathy in the hearts of Romans.Previously the murderers,led by Brutus(also Caesar’s trusted friend once) had won the honor of the crowd,justifying Caesar’s murder as a price of his ambition.
The way Antony adds irony to his speech and addresses the murders as “honorable men” is interesting as well as influential.
7.‘Tis a common proof,
That lowliness is young ambition’s ladder,
Whereto the climber-upward turns his face;
But when he once attains the upmost round,
He then unto the ladder turns his back,
Looks in the clouds, scorning the base degrees
By which he did ascend.”
Shakespeare subtly explains the bitter truth of life. When a young ambitious person is climbing the ladder of success in his life,at first he always looks upwards with expectations,but carries humility along with him all the while.But when the same person reaches the top rungs of the ladder,he starts criticizing all the lower levels of the ladder,and has no remnants of humility left with him;although those were exactly where he had been once.
8.”Nor stony tower, nor walls of beaten brass,
Nor airless dungeon, nor strong links of iron,
Can be retentive to the strength of spirit;
But life, being weary of these worldly bars,
Never lacks power to dismiss itself.”
The above explains that infront of the strength of our spirits,nothing physically strong can be an obstacle. Nothing rigid can control our soul as much as our own will.
But then,life never lacks the control of setting the soul free from the limitations of the world.
Do read Julius Caesar now,if u havent read already.
And then you would know,when Caesar exclaimed “Et tu Brute?Then fall Caesar”,he never fell.He only rose in history.