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Re: Julius Caesar's Protagonist
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0370  Tuesday, 25 February 2003

From:           R. Schmeeckle <
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Date:           Monday, 24 Feb 2003 20:41:50 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 14.0346 Re: Julius Caesar's Protagonist
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0346 Re: Julius Caesar's Protagonist

Please pardon me for joining this interesting thread at such a late
date, but I think I have a view that has not yet been represented.

If there must be a protagonist, and I am not convinced that such a
conventional category of dramatic analysis gets us anywhere when applied
to Shakespeare's plays, I submit that the most suitable candidate is the
Roman Republic, whose fatal flaw has been its susceptibility to the
ambitions of such bastards (in whatever sense) as Caesar, Antony,
Cassius, and Brutus, the latter, who, if not a parricide, is at least an
assassin, no more noble than Lee Harvey Oswald, although still possibly
the noblest of the bastards with whom he is, ironically, being compared.

Roger Schmeeckle

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