Literary Classics are indispensable masterpieces, which help us understand our world irrespective of changing times. Timelessness of such works make them even more relevant for younger minds that are in their formative years. But the children, when they are just brushing their linguistic teeth might find Elizabethan English a little harder to chew and might choose to stay away.
Wisemen Publication’s – Wisemen World Classics is an attempt to befriend your growing child with Great Masters of world literature, retelling their content in contemporary prose with vivid illustrations, while retaining the music of the original work.
About Julius Ceaser Story
Written in 1599, Julius Caeser is the earliest of Shakespeare’s three Roman History plays created by dramatization of actual events, like Antony and Cleopatra and Coriolanus. Shakespeare drew upon the ancient Roman Historian Plutarch’s Lives of Caesar, Brutus, and Mark Antony as the primay source of the plays plot and characters.
It is a story of conflict between the forces of Caeserism or dictatorship and republicanism. Right at the outset Caesar is asked to beware of the ides of the March. Before the midpoint Caeser is assassinated. Brutus makes an attempt to sway the mob towards his side but Antony in his famous speech, “Friends, Romans, Countrymen….”manages to incite the mob to rebellion. Brutus and Cassius are forced to run away to save their lives. the other conspirators are brutally killed at Antony’s orders. Brutus and Cassius gather their troops and fight valiantly at Phillippi but meet their inevitable defeat. Julius Caesar is also a tragedy but despite its title, the tragic character of the Play is Brutus, the noble roman, whose decision to take part in the conspiracy for the sake of freedom plunges him into a personal conflict and his country into civil war.
About William Shakespeare – William Shakespeare has ruled the English literature for 400 years. Born on 23 April in 1564 in the village of Stratford-on-Avon as the third child of John Shakespeare, he had to support his family as his father’s business fell apart. While 18, he married Anne Hathaway, a peasant girl, eight years older to him. About 1589, Shakespeare joined a theatre company in London as a general helper but soon started acting and writing plays.
Initially, he worked with other writers, before writing his own plays. Love’s labour lost, Comedy of Errors, Two gentleman of Verona, Romeo & Juliet and many other masterpieces were written during this period.
He got popular very soon. Within 10 years of coming to London, he had become the most famous actor and writer of plays in English. His monetary troubles were gone.
But some personal sorrow seems to have struck him around this time as now he started writing tragedies. He wrote his greatest plays during this time – The Merchant of Venice, as you like it, Twelfth Night, Julius Ceaser, Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello and King Lear.
He was at the prime of his literary carrier, but it seems that name, fame and money did not interest him any more. In 1597 he bought the finest house in Stratford and in 1611 he left London to settle there, permanently. He died on the anniversary of his birth 23 April 1616.
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