Friday Two Cents: Et Tu Brute?



“Beware the ides of March.” Shakespeare Julius Caesar Act 1, Scene 2


This famous or should I say infamous words was spoken to Caesar by a soothsayer to be aware of the “Ides of March”. The “Ides of March” falls on the fifteenth day of March and is known as the date that Caesar was assassinated by 60 conspirators, including his close friend Brutus. This marks an important date in the Roman world. The transition from the Roman Republic to the Roman Empire.

Gaius Julius Caesar

I have always enjoyed studying the ancient world and Roman society is by far my favorite. You add Shakespeare and it is a match made in heaven. Yet these scenes from antiquity and then brought to life in Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar has brought me to think of what is happening in my school career currently. At present my university is under the yoke of a strike by its employees. For the past two weeks my fellow classmate/colleagues, and I have not had classes or practicum because of this work stoppage.

I know that the striking workers have legitimate grievances and they have every right to exercise their right to strike. Yet this strike has place a dark cloud on our year and we just want to go back to our practicum and be with the children and get everything done with.

Many others and I have been frustrated during this time when we should be looking forward to enjoying a well-deserved March break. I too have been a bit antsy, so I did the only thing I know what to do to relax. I draw and paint. So I began drawing and because of this time of year with the ‘Ides of March’ only around the corner and the strike upon us, it all inspired me to create something unique.

I created a political cartoon as it were combining the strike and the “Ides of March”. I placed the role of Caesar as the students of the universities with stab wounds and daggers in their back. If you have noticed each one is from a different issue or organization that affects students and has played a role in hurting the students in this situation. The role of Caesar’s close friend Brutus, who also betrays him are the striking workers. Caesar (the students) is lying on a seat with stab wounds and daggers in his back and he looks at Brutus (the strikers) and Caesar says that famous line from Shakespeare, “Et tu, Brute?” Even you Brutus?



A more in-depth description of the Ides of March from a previous post by Paul Gauchi. 


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  1. Pingback: Tales From March 15 2015 | FanFiction Fridays

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