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February 26, 2006

Claim, Data, Warrant

Article: Kinghorn -- Jerz: Intro to Literary Study (EL150)

In finding Cleopatra, Charmian, and Iras dead, Ceasar and Dolabella proceed the whole operation in a way that boosted their own egos.

"The stage action rolls on to show Caesar the politician working out on his feet the best means of tidying up the whole affair with least inconvenience and greatest advangtage to himself" (109)". This quote shows how Caesar was making himself look good, like the one who figured it all out.

"Instead they encourage Caesar and Dolabella to go on play-acting 'detectives.' Caesar announces authoritatively that the cause of death could not have been ingested poison since no external swelling is visible on either of the corpses" (108). These two characters take all the credit that the guards have, and use it as their own, deceptively. In the quote above, Caesar uses the information provided by the (slow) guards and makes a statement based on it, in a position of total control.

In order for this claim to be true, there must be evidence within the play that Caesar and Dolabella have total control over the situation as it is. Do they allow the guards to speak without being spoken to? The argument against this claim, could be that Caesar and Dolabella are just using the information given to put together a logical conclusion, for the betterment of the situation.

Posted by AndrewLoNigro at February 26, 2006 11:03 PM

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