2016 Student Research Conference:
29th Annual Student Research Conference

What Drove Brutus?
Curtis J. Wichmer
Dr. Hena Ahmad, Faculty Mentor

The assassination of Julius Caesar is perhaps the most well-known political murder of all time. Nearly everyone knows the story of how Caesar was warned to "Beware the Ides of March," disregarded the warning, and was killed by the senate, muttering the words, "Et tu, Brute?" The story is so well known, that interpretations and examples of it can be found in literature spanning hundreds of years into the past, the most notable reiteration being that of William Shakespeare. Though Shakespeare recounts Caesar's death at Brutus' hands, the details surrounding Caesar's death are changed somewhat from how they are historically represented. Brutus may have been the one driving the plot to kill Caesar in real life, but did Shakespeare truly represent that in his play, Julius Caesar? A thorough analysis of Shakespeare's masterpiece will show the many liberties Shakespeare took when retelling the story of how Caesar was assassinated.

Keywords: Caesar, Brutus, Shakespeare, History, English


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: -3
Location: VH 1328
Time: 3:00

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