All revenge tragedies originally stemmed from the Greeks, who wrote and performed the first plays. After the Greeks came Seneca who was very influential to all Elizabethan tragedy writers. Seneca who was Roman, basically set all of the ideas and the norms for all revenge play writers in the Renaissance era including William Shakespeare. These two plays used mostly all of the Elizabethan conventions for revenge tragedies in their plays.
He is known as a man who likes to spend the nights in feasting and revelry. He enjoys sports and theater. It is Antony's cunning speech to the masses after Caesar's death that turns public opinion against the assassins, who gravely underestimated and misread him.
He shows magnanimity in victory. Artemidorus of Cnidos Artemidorus of Cnidos is a teacher of rhetoric who tries but fails to warn Caesar of the plot against him. Decius Brutus Decius Brutus is one of the conspirators against Caesar.
Marcus Brutus Marcus Brutus is recruited for the assassination by Cassius. He becomes part of the plot because he is concerned about the welfare of Rome. He does not covet power for its own sake, and nor does he have any personal complaint about Caesar.
He is presented throughout as a man of courtesy and honor, although perhaps also as a man who is unsuited to wield political power.
After he is dead, Antony salutes him as "the noblest Roman of them all. He is presented as a man of strong will and self-belief. He is used to issuing commands and being obeyed. He is stubborn and will not listen to pleas for mercy if he thinks he is in the right.
He considers himself to be resolute and unwavering, and he is also perceptive, realizing that Cassius is a dangerous man. But he denies he is afraid of Cassius and claims not to fear anyone or anything.
The conspirators believe Caesar is too ambitious and will soon acquire such power that Rome will be enslaved to one man. Although Caesar is a commanding figure, he is physically weak, suffering from epilepsy as well as deafness in one ear.
He is young, and Cassius contemptuously refers to him as a schoolboy. Calphurnia Calphurnia is the wife of Julius Caesar. She has a nightmare in which she sees Caesar's statue running blood, and she begs Caesar not to go to the Senate that day. Casca Casca is one of the conspirators, and it is he who stabs Caesar first.
Casca is known for his wit and liveliness. He is a man of action who can get things done. Cassius Cassius is the chief conspirator against Caesar. It is he who recruits Brutus and the others. Cassius is consumed with envy of Caesar, and sees no reason why Caesar should hold power over him.
Cassius is a good observer of men and he has uncommon insight into people's motivations. He is a serious man who reads a lot and does not smile much. Caesar observes that Cassius has a "lean and hungry look.
He dies a courageous death on the battlefield. Cicero Cicero is an old Roman senator with a reputation for wisdom. The conspirators debate whether to include him in their plot, but decide against it.
Metellus Cimber Metellus Cimber is one of the conspirators against Caesar. Moments before the assassination, he pleads with Caesar to rescind the banishment of his brother. Cinna Cinna is a Roman senator who is one of the conspirators against Caesar.
Clitus Clitus is a servant of Brutus who refuses to kill his master when Brutus asks him to. Dardanius Dardanius is a servant of Brutus who refuses to kill his master when Brutus asks him to. Flavius Flavius is a tribune who is executed for removing crowns placed on Caesar's statues in Rome.Start studying Hamlet Act 1/ Scene Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools.
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() Hm. The Ghost keeps appearing on the castle battlements—almost as if the "whole kingdom" hasn't really been able to move on after Old Hamlet's death.