Conflicting Perspectives Julius Caesar by Shakespeare and the Iron Lady Film

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Events, personalities and situations are portrayed in an inevitably ambiguous light to challenge the angle at which the responder views the text from. This allows for an increased understanding of human attitudes and behaviours as depicted in Shakespeare’s play ‘Julius Caesar’ and Phyllida Lloyd’s film ‘The Iron Lady’.
The personal and public displays of one’s personality can cause the audience to develop a sense of confliction. In ‘Julius Caesar’, Caesar was portrayed as a man who was loved by the populace of Rome, but the target of jealousy of the conspirators as those who achieve greatness in society become the target of those who are incapable of emulating their achievements. The masses admiration for Caesar was the result of his
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The Colossus once stood over a Greek harbour allowing ships to pass under and was conceived as standing forever. But the Colossus eventually fell due to its own weight much like Caesar. Caesar being the ultimate ruler forced the civilians to ‘walk under his huge legs and peep about’ showing resemblance to the Colossus’ purpose. People have many sides to their personality and not all sides are truly exposed for the world to see. When these sides are exposed, it allows the audience to create a multilayered picture of the character.
A person’s ambitious attitudes can mean the individual will sacrifice the world around them to fulfil their desires. The only factor that can cease this is the natural forces in life. A person’s willpower will inevitably be overpowered by natural occurrences. In Phyllida Lloyd’s film ‘The Iron Lady’, Margaret Thatcher is depicted as a leader drunk on power. Her ambition for success in politics over rides all other naturally womanly desires in life such as motherly and domestic duties. This is especially portrayed in the scene in which Thatcher pulls away from the family home, not looking back as she leaves the children crying for their mother. This reinforces the lack of emotion shown by Thatcher in regards to her family and how they were secondary to her political ambition. She was so consumed in her success that her husband Denis believed that she was ‘too busy climbing

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