William Shakespeare used a fair amount of figurative language in his writings. Julius Caesar is no exception. Use the following links and your Julius Caesar text to translate into your own and identify the figurative language below.
Example: Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed / That he is grown so great? (I, ii, 149-50)
Translation: Cassius compares Caesar to a carnivore and the common citizens to meat, not flattering. Metaphor
Let me have men about me that are fat, / Sleek-headed men, and such as sleep o' nights. / Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look; / He thinks too much, such men are dangerous. (I, ii, 192-5).
No, Caesar hath not it; but you, and I, / and honest Casca, we have the falling sickness. (I, ii, 255-6).
The skies are painted with unnumbered sparks, / They are all fire, and every one doth shine; / But there's but one in all doth hold his place. / So in the world: 'tis furnished well with men. / And men are flesh and blood, and apprehensive, / yet in the number I do not know but one / That unassailable holds on his rank, / Unshaked of motion; and that I am he. (III, i, 63-70).
But 'tis a common proof / That lowliness is young ambition's ladder, / Whereto the climber-upward turns his face; / But when he once attains the utmost round, / He then unto the ladder turns his back, / Looks into the clouds, scorning the base degrees / By which he did ascend. (II, i, 21-7)
Pardon me, Julius! Here wast thou bayed, brave hart; here didst thou fall; and here thy hunters stand. (III, i, 204-5).
Why man, he doth bestride the the narrow world / Like a Colossus, and we petty men / Walk under his huge legs and peep about / To find ourselves dishonorable graves. (I, ii, 135-8).
You blocks! You stones! You worse than senseless things! / Oh you hard hearts, you cruel men of Rome!
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