Politics: So little has changed in 2000 years. Look for comparisons between Caesar, Mark Antony, Brutus, and Cassius and modern political figures. Students found parallels between Caesar and Barrack Obama's appeal to the common folk. Others found Obama similar to silver-tongued Mark Antony. Some saw Caesar's health issues comparable to John McCain's. One student saw parallels between Cassius and Conservative talk radio.
Loyalty: Make Brutus' choice whether or not to kill Caesar applicable. For example, what would you do if your best friend was dealing drugs to third graders? If your brother committed rape, would you turn him in? What if you saw your favorite uncle or neighbor steal something? What if a friend won a scholarship over you because he cheated on an exam?
The Role of Fate: Was Caesar fated to die or was he too arrogant to accept someone wanted to kill him? Were Brutus and Cassius outwitted or victims of bad luck?
The Role of Women: How did the main characters treat their wives? How were women treated and how did women react when their husbands died?
Roman History: Technically the play is a tragedy. It is, however, based on historical events. While teaching Julius Caesar, a historical overview may be helpful.
Mob Mentality: One of Shakespeare's purposes was to show how easily influenced the majority of Romans were. Parallels with the influence of modern media exist.
Civil Wars: Examine civil conflicts with which students may be familiar.