Saturday, 16 April 2011
William Shakespeare - Julius Caesar.
Every time I read it a great source of inspiration, because the main topic rings so true in most things I do: “Do evil that good may come, and see what does come.” It seems to be all about how consequences defeat intentions and how the protagonists realizes this – this teaches a good deal of humbleness. The second inspiring theme is that any form of tyranny is mostly caused by the suppressed and thus can be shaken of by the suppressed.
“Cassius: In awe of such a thing as I myself.
I was born free as Caesar, so were you;
We both have fed as well, and we can both
Endure the winter’s cold as well as he. “(Shakespeare, 1984, p.108).
“Cassius: The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.
‘Brutus’ and ‘Caesar’, what should be in that ‘Caesar’?
Why should that name be sounded more than yours?” (Shakespeare, 1984, p.110).
“Casius: Cassius from bondage will deliver Casius (…)
If I know this, know all the world besides,
That part of tyranny that I do bear
I can shake off at pleasure. (…).” (Shakespeare, 1984, p.125).
“Brutus: We all stand up against the spirit of Caesar,
And in the spirit of men there is no blood.” (Shakespeare, 1984, p.138).
“Caesar: Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste death but once.” (Shakespeare, 1984, p.149).