Ron’s #26: Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

I wanted to read this to see if it was a book I could teach to my sophomores. I thought that it may have themes relating to the current politic season. While it was good to read it, I thought that it was perhaps too dull for teenagers.

The book focused on the struggle that Brutus has (does he help kill Caesar for the good of the Empire?), as well as how he is manipulated by the first “special interests” group, twisting the truth for their own nefarious ends.

Even though he kills his leader and friend, Brutus is the hero of the story. As Marc Antony says of him:

This was the noblest Roman of them all:
All the conspirators, save only he,
Did that they did in envy of great Caesar;
He, only in a general honest thought
And common good to all, made one of them.

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I teach English and government in Okinawa, Japan. I love reading theology and fiction, and helps keep me accountable. Reading with three kids under 5 is a bit of a challenge, but I keep trying to find ways to read more. My favorites writers are C. S. Lewis, Flannery O’ Connor, and Raymond Carver.

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