English Literature / Drama GCSE: Julius Caesar - Act 3, Scene 1 - Leader or dictator (workshop)
The actors investigate how to play the character of Julius Caesar and explore the dramatic purpose of the action just before the murder.
This short film is from the BBC series, Shakespeare Unlocked.
In pairs or small groups, ask your students to dissect Caesar's speech into words and phrases where he speaks about himself and words and phrases where he speaks about others (they could do this in two columns).
Students should then compare the columns together.
How does Caesar speak about himself, and what in the language suggests his arrogance?
Now ask students to look at the language used by the others in the scene about themselves and about Caesar.
How far do their own words add to the division in language?
This short film is suitable for teaching GCSE English literature and drama in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4/ 5 in Scotland.