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YMMV: Julius Caesar
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Obviously Brutus, but also Caesar. Is he a skeptic who refuses to pay heed to the soothsayer (see Arbitrary Skepticism below) or a highly superstitious figure who refuses to "beware" the Ides of March because it would be challenging fate and willingly goes to his destiny, only showing sadness at discovering Brutus among his killers? Or is he just too arrogant to pay heed to any warning of danger?
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: The play's 'message' can easily be read as "Democracy is bad because people are sheep," given all the scenes showing how quickly and easily the public's loyalties can change and be manipulated: Act I, Scene I, as well as their rapid switch of loyalties from Caesar to Brutus and back to avenging Caesar following the assassination. Of course, in Shakespeare's day this wouldn't have been a family unfriendly aesop, as democracy didn't catch on for another few centuries.
  • Ho Yay: Tons of it, especially between Brutus and Cassius. Also, Brutus tells the plebes at the forum that he has killed "my best lover". After Cassius commits suicide, one of his generals also kills himself because of how much he loves his commander (Cassius's likeability is something of an Informed Ability). Though back in Shakespeare's time, "lover" actually meant "friend".
  • Memetic Mutation: It's Shakespeare. He was influential.
    • "Et tu, Brute?" (For anyone who has been or feels betrayed.)
    • "The ides of March"
    • "Cry havoc, and let slip the dogs of war!"
    • "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears!"

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