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Title: 『ジュリアス・シーザー』論 : 構成上の問題点について
Other Titles: On Julius Caesar : Comments on Its Structural Problems
Authors: 高久, 眞一
TAKAKU, Shinichi
Issue Date: 31-Oct-1994
Publisher: 北海学園大学人文学会
Abstract: This paper conceives anticlimaxes as a detrimental device to undermine the otherwise tight structure of the play as follows: 1. After Casca's flourishing and satirical report (I. ii.) of the mock presentation of a coronet to Caesar, Brutus characteristically does not appreciate the reporter's comic sense but simply calls him "a blunt fellow", which proves the speaker's bluntness. 2. Caius Ligarius, though apparently persuaded by Brutus to join the conspirators, does not show up at the venue, which reveals Brutus' ineffectualness and Caius' betrayal of Brutus, the primal betrayer. 3. At the scene of assassination, Brutus strikes Caesar last of all the conspirators. This could be interpreted as follows: Brutus hesitates and delays his strike and silently urged by his critical company, finally approaches his benefactor and strikes a feeble strike. 4. After Brutus' funeral speech stressing the iniquity of Caesarism, he hears the voices saying, "Let him be Caesar" and "Caesar's better parts/Shall be crown'd in Brutus", which merely proves Brutus' self-important speech was utterly in vain. Brutus does not, however, sense the anticlimax; for he departs perfunctorily from the scene with no verbal response. 5. Cassius' suicide scene is presented so flourishingly with a farewell praise: "The sun of Rome is set" and Titinius following his master in death. Against this prologue, the supposed hero enters and commits suicide by the help of Strato who was until a moment ago sleeing, his other men having deserted him and no one following him in death. 6. Antony's farewell speech addressed to deceased Brutus does not say what it says, but is full of heavy irony; after the extravagant words, "the elements", "Nature" and "all the world", it ends up with calling him "a man"-a prize example of bathos in the speech, and structurally speaking, an anticlimax to the whole play.
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