It’s Very Difficult To Kill A Caesar

, , , , | Learning | November 12, 2019

We’re studying Shakespeare in English class, and our teacher divides us into groups and gives us scenes from his plays to perform. My group gets Julius Caesar, particularly the “Friends, Romans, countrymen…” scene. A friend of mine from another group agrees to “play” Julius Caesar’s corpse, hidden under a white sheet. 

We are practising one afternoon in front of the class and I am partway through the massive speech when our teacher decides the rest of the group isn’t acting devastated enough at Caesar’s assassination. He has me start again and joins the others. 

We get to the part again where the Plebeians get angry over Caesar’s death, and our teacher is overly dramatic in pretending to grieve. My friend under the sheet is struggling not to laugh. 

The teacher, noticing the sheet shaking, shouts, “Caesar lives! Ho! He lives!”

This is too much and everyone falls about laughing. Another group has to take over and practice in front of the class while we all compose ourselves.

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