Band 5 Julius Caesar – Incomplete

The most significant influence on the relationship between representation and meaning is the perspective from which events, people and situation is viewed. Evaluate this statement from your own understanding of the topic Conflicting Perspectives.



I will now show that there are conflicting perspectives in all the texts I am doing. As I show this, I will talk about how the techniques in each text are USED TO REPRESENT CONFLICTING PERSPETIVES (only!).

There are many conflicts in life that arise from the perspectives in which events, people and relationships are portrayed. The fundamental perceptions through which we see the world are a direct result of our conflicting perspectives. These conflicts are evident in the texts JC by Shakespeare, Forrest Gump by Robert X, and Another Country by John Van T. Through analyzing these texts we will be able to see how conflicting perspectives have shapes their respective outcomes.

Body – JC – There are several reasons why the two parties support and fear Caesar, this is a conflicting perspective.

In JC the conflict that lies therein is the perception of Caesar as a tyrant and as a saviour of Rome. Those who oppose Caesar use a variety of colourful descriptions to convey their fear and paranoia. Flavius notes, “Caesar…who will soar far above the view of men… (Whom) keep us in fearfulness.” Reinforced by Cicero this through the metaphor, “like a colossus and we petty men walk under his huge legs and peep about.” Using metaphor to describe Caesar as a giant that will crush his lessers without thinking because he can no longer perceive them. Furthermore Cassius describes Caesar, as “I know he may not be a wolf, but he sees Romans as sheep.” Using the parable of wolf and sheep to indicate the dangers of tyranny. Juxtaposed against paranoia are depictions of Caesar as a champion. “Cowards die many times… the valiant never taste of death but once…” is an example of how Caesar is immortalized in stories and portrayed not as a conqueror but a hero. The verbal irony by Cassius, who sarcastically remarks, “If Caesar had stabbed their mothers, they would have done no less.” Further shows the support that Caesar has among the plebeians. Finally, the anecdote by Anthony who notions “Caesar shall forth the things that threaten me, never looked but on my back when they shall see the face of Caesar they are vanished.” Allows us to see how much faith and trust they place in Caesar. Conflicted among the two are paradoxical emotions about a man whose perspective can be either a conqueror or a saviour.

– JC – Brutus’s good intension and Cassius’s Jealousy as conflicting perspectives to achieving the same goal

In the same fashion, the conflict between Brutus and Cassius lies in their conflicting perspectives of Caesar’s murder. For Brutus he is an honest man doing a evil deed for the good of all. For Cassius, he is a jealous man murdering Caesar for his own gain. The result is the same, but the conflict lies in the motive. Cassius expresses his view through the metaphor “This man is now becoming a God and Cassius is a wretched creature.” Showing his bitterness and jealousy. Cicero construes his actions as “Men (who) construe things after their fashion clean from the purpose of things themselves”. On the other hand, Brutus is torn between conscience and action. He notes using the metaphor of the serpent in an egg to allegorically convince the audience why Caesar must die. “Think him a serpent’s egg which hatched … would grow mischievous… (I) Must kill him in the shell”. Describing his involvement in the murder of a great man as a last resort to do a good deed. “It must be his (Caesar’s) death I know no personal cause but for the general”. Hence juxtaposed against Cassius it is evident how their conflicted opinions while having the same result, will have drastically different consequences. Lastly this is exemplified by Cassius’ soliloquy  “Brutus is so firm that cannot be seduced… but the honorable metal may be wrought”. Examining how he manipulates Brutus’ otherwise conflicting perspective to coincide with his own selfish plans. The conflicting perspective examined by this aspect of JC is the conflict of morals.

Body – Another Country

The same conflict of greater good versus ignorant public is evident in the article “Another Country.” Father MacKenzie is a missionary who arrived in the rural country of Aurukun to teach the local aboriginal population English and western civility. However in 1978 the Queensland government established the Aurukun shire council and dissolved the mission. The reason was for the preservation of indigenous culture. The article juxtaposes the conflicting development of Aurukun to illustrate the effects of the disputed political perspective that shapes aboriginal communities. The irony of the story lies in that initially MacKenzie was praised for putting an end to traditional practices such as wife lending, child marriage, and polygamy. When new policies for Aborignal Protection were introduced the same council forcibly expelled MacKenzie from Aurukun. The result was civil anarchy conveyed through a melodramatic twist.  “Beer replaced Church, dough replaced equal paid jobs”, the use of juxtaposing symbols such as church and beer, dough and jobs portray the consequence of an uninformed local government. The writer questions sarcastically, “How can this country have not seen this train wreck coming?” Here the conflicting perspective lies in the disagreements between government and locality on how to proceed with Aboriginal policies.

Body – Charlie Wilson’s Private War / Forest Gump

In the text Forrest Gump by Robert X, conflicting perspectives form the basis of its allegorical, humorous narrative. The film uses a series of scenes each indicative of an iconic period of American life to juxtapose events historically, with events as seen through the eyes of Forrest Gump. There are many levels of conflict conveyed through the irony perceived by the audience, by Forrest, and by his supporting characters. For example, the Little Rock scene is one of immense historical importance because it was the forced integration of blacks and whites into schools. Among the historical footage of the original riot and the deployment of the guards, the film superimposes Forrest into the scene. He helps a black woman, and carries her luggage to the dismay of his enraged white colleagues. The result is humour and irony, as well as a new perspective on a historically important event. Another example of this dramatic irony is when Forrest returns from Vietnam. While historically Vietnam War is seen as a disaster, the movie constructs it as a sentimental and character forming part of Forrest’s life. When confronted by anti-war protesters, Forrest is portrayed through the still close-ups and powerful low-angle shots as stoic and innocent, while the protesters are portrayed as profiteers and miscreants. Together with other scenes, Forrest Gump is a movie that uses conflicting perspectives by shedding new light on historical events through the eyes of innocent Forrest.












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