Historical Context in Julius Caesar
When Shakespeare wrote Julius Caesar in 1599, Queen Elizabeth I was nearing her death and the end of her reign. Anxiety over the succession of the crown spread across England. In the context of this anxiety, Shakespeare wrote Julius Caesar, a play whose events parallel the political shifts in Elizabethan England. Elizabeth’s refusal to name a successor even led to speculations that England might erupt in civil war, as Rome did following Caesar’s death.
Historical Context Examples in Julius Caesar:
Act I - Scene I🔒
"So do you too, where you perceive them thick. These growing feathers pluck'd from Caesar's wing Will make him fly an ordinary pitch,(75) Who else would soar above the view of men And keep us all in servile fearfulness...." See in text (Act I - Scene I)
"May we do so? You know it is the feast of Lupercal...." See in text (Act I - Scene I)