Mr. William Shakespeare presents
"The tragedy of Julius Caesar"
to the third grade A

(Solfanelli - Chieti)

The text

Julius Caesar

There is not much to add about the history of the tragedy. Julius Caesar's life, his works, his assassination are all too well known. Libraries are full of biographies and historical-critical analyzes of his life, his thoughts, his triumphs and his defeats, his loves and his misdeeds. Of course, none of them are covered with the immortal poetic charm that only Shakespeare knew how to build with his lines always suspended between dream and reality.
The tale is certainly a young adaptation in which a fictional William Shakespeare presents his tragedy to students of a school today. Shakespeare's Julius Caesar is the sublimation of doubt and the power of words in human affairs.

William Shakespeare

The Globe

Since its first performance at the Globe in London in 1599, there are countless theatrical, editorial and cinematographic re-editions that have alternated all over the world over the years. Initially rather skeptical and perplexed, the boys and girls, accompanied by Shakespeare himself, slowly enter the boundless universe of the characters and are fascinated by it

Thus, inside the scenes of the rise to power and the conspiracy against Julius Caesar, they discover not only the magical beauty of a genius that reaches the top of poetry, but also the disconcerting actuality of the human soul and its immutable passions that go well beyond the conflict between freedom and tyranny.


Vincenzo Camuccini: The death of Julius Caesar
Naples -Capodimonte Museum

William Hilton: Marc Antony Reading the Will of Caesar
London: Sir John Soane’s Museum

In short, a story that strives to preserve, as far as possible, the magic of Shakespeare's tragedy: its characters, the environment, the pathos, the scenic imagination. And perhaps unconsciously, the memory that I still keep alive in my mind of when, in high school, the English teacher told us to study by heart the funeral speech of Marcus Anthony on the body of Caesar still covered in blood.


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