Literary Term (Exam)ples (Julius Caesar) Flashcard Example #37415

Paradox
“Brutus, with himself at war” (I.ii.45)
Dramatic Irony
Cassius soliloque about how to trick Brutus with false letters (I.ii.301-315)
Allusion
“Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world
Like a Colossus,…” (I.ii.135-136)
Tragedy
The bigger questions is, who is the tragic hero that falls, Caesar or Brutus? “Tis very like. He hath the falling sickness” (I.ii.251)
Alliteration
“Shake of their sterile curse” (I.ii.9)
Personification
“When could they say (till now) that talked of Rome
That her wide walls encompassed but one man?” (I.ii.154-155)
Allegory
Tragedies are allegories but not all allegories are tragedies. Understand what this means.
Metaphor
“So well as I by reflection, I, your glass,
Will modestly discover to yourself” (I.ii.68-69)
Symbol
“Come on my right hand, for this ear is deaf” (I.ii.212)
Foreshadowing
“They shouted thrice. What was the last cry for?
Why for that too.
Was the crown offered him thrice?
Ay, marry was’t! and he put it by thrice…” (I.ii.225-228)
Tragic Flaw
Caesar – doesn’t list to others
Cassius – too trusting of others
Brutus – easily duped, gullible
Verbal Irony
“I am glad
That my weak words have struck but this much show
Of fire from Brutus” (I.ii.175-178)
Soliloquy
Cassius explaining his plan to send false letters to Brutus (I.ii.301-315)
Aside
BRUTUS
Aside That every like is not the same, O Caesar,
The heart of Brutus yearns to think upon! (II.ii.128-129)
Drama
Julius Caesar
Act
a subdivision/portion of a play or opera or ballet
Scene
a subdivision of an act of a play (“the first act has three scenes”)
Iambic Pentameter
Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears! (III.ii.70)
Rhyme
“And after this let Caesar seat him sure,
For we will shake him, or worse days unsure” (I.ii.314-315)
Couplet
two consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme:
“And after this let Caesar seat him sure,
For we will shake him, or worse days unsure” (I.ii.314-315)
Protagonist
Julius Caesar (or is it Brutus…)
Foil
A character who is in most ways opposite to the main character (protagonist) or one who is nearly the same as the protagonist. The purpose of the foil character is to emphasize the traits of the main character by contrast only (Cassius to Brutus and Brutus to Mark Antony)
Antagonist
If Brutus is the protagonist, then Caesar or Mark Antony.
Anaphora
“Therein ye gods, you make the weak most strong;
Therein ye gods, you tyrants do defeat” (I.ii. 91-92)

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