- Jun 2017
Liberty! Freedom! Tyranny is dead!— Run hence, proclaim, cry it about the streets.
Cinna speaks on behalf of all the conspirators in this exclamation: "Liberty! Freedom! Tyranny is dead!" The forcefulness of his cries reveal the true emotions towards Caesar's reign. In particular, the conspirators consider him a self-centred tyrant. This opinion is justified with two reasons:
1.The tribunes believe that centralising all authority to one man is undemocratic and is detrimental to the Roman Republic;
2.They envy Caesar's might and fear potentially losing their power to the Empire.
The rejoice of the conspirators does not align to the panic and grief experienced by the general society and Mark Antony. This juxtaposition suggests that Caesar's assassination is more destructive than it is justified.
In fact, the 'liberty' and 'freedom' that is promised does not manifest under the conspirators' rule.
- Nov 2016
Donald Trump is using the methods of tyrants to control the media. He was already doing this during his campaign, and he has only gotten worse since becoming President-Elect.
- Berate them directly.
- Refuse access to those he disapproves.
- Turn the public against them.
- Condemn criticism and satire aimed at him.
- Threaten them with lawsuits and potential new laws.
- Limit media access.
- Speak directly to the public. (There has been mention of Trump continuing to hold rallies. He likes the instant gratification and adulation of a cheering crowd.)
- Sep 2016
Then, there comes a choice to be true to one’s culture and history as Antigone was, or to be true to one’s state and ruler no matter what.
What are the consequences of taking each action? For Antigone, it was clear that her decisions led to death on earth and a perceived victory in the underworld, but what does Cavendish believe loyalty can provide? She seems to place value in tradition and order as she says how "At last the Commons won, and then astride/ Fierce Tyrannie on Noble Necks did ride;/ All Monuments pull'd down, that stood long time,/ And Ornaments were then thought a great Crime." This seems to mourn the loss of what once existed and instead has been replaced with tyranny.