by William Shakespeare
We've identified these texts as great options for text pairings based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style. Supplement your lesson with one or more of these options and challenge students to compare and contrast the texts. To assign a paired text, click on the text to go to its page and click the "Assign Text" button there.
- Sir Francis Bacon
In this passage, Bacon discusses the notion of revenge, why some seek it, and the consequences of this fixation.Pair “On Revenge” with “Excerpts from The Tragedy of Julius Caesar: Act III, Scenes I & II” and ask students to discuss “public revenge” which Sir Bacon distinguishes from “private revenge.” According to the excerpts from the play, was his assassination driven more by public or personal revenge? Consider how Shakespeare may have framed or exaggerated characters’ motivations.
A Horseman in the Sky
- Ambrose Bierce
Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (1842 – c. 1914) was an American journalist, satirist, and short story writer. In this short story set during the American Civil War, a young Virginian man joins the Union Army and falls asleep on one of his watches. When he awakes, he faces a difficult duty.Pair “Horseman in the Sky” with “Excerpts from The Tragedy of Julius Caesar: Act III, Scenes I & II” and ask students to discuss the themes of conflict in both texts. How do the prominent characters in both passages balance personal and national loyalties? What do they choose and why?
Last Diary Entry of John Wilkes Booth
- John Wilkes Booth
In his final diary entry, John Wilkes Booth justifies his assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and wonders at his fate.Pair “Last Diary Entry of John Wilkes Booth” with “Excerpt from the Tragedy of Julius Caesar: Act III, Scenes I & II” and ask students to discuss similarities between Brutus and Booth in regards to how they view tyranny and their role in preventing it.
The Price of Greed: Hannibal's Betrayal by Carthage
- Joshua J. Mark
In “The Price of Greed: Hannibal’s Betrayal by Carthage,” the informational text proposes that the Carthaginian commander and military genius Hannibal could have led his city to victory in the Second Punic War, had it not been for Carthage’s betrayal.Pair “Excerpt from The Tragedy of Julius Caesar: Act III, Scenes I & II” with “The Price of Greed: Hannibal’s Betrayal by Carthage” and ask students to compare how these two two military geniuses, Julius Caesar and Hannibal, were betrayed. How does each text portray the nature of these betrayals? How might history be different if both leaders were not betrayed?
Excerpt from The Tempest
- William Shakespeare
In this excerpt from The Tempest, a sorcerer named Prospero threatens Caliban, an inhabitant of the island he is stranded on, to do his bidding.Pair “Excerpt from the Tragedy of Julius Caesar: Act III, Scenes I & II” with “Excerpt from The Tempest” and ask students to discuss how William Shakespeare explores themes of corruption in these two plays. How are the characters corrupted by power? What do they do with their power?
Excerpt from The Tragedy of Julius Caesar: Act I, Scene II
- William Shakespeare
In “Excerpt from The Tragedy of Julius Caesar: Act I, Scene II,” Cassius discusses Julius Caesar’s shortcomings with Brutus, hoping to convince him that Caesar is a poor leader.Pair “Excerpt from the Tragedy of Julius Caesar: Act III, Scenes I & II” with “Excerpt from The Tragedy of Julius Caesar: Act I, Scene II” to provide students with additional sections from the play. Ask them to discuss how Act II, Scenes I & II further develop Julius Caesar and Brutus’ characters. How does each excerpt present the theme of friendship? What kind of leader was Caesar? Why did Brutus help kill Caesar, despite the love he had for him?