When Shakespeare was composing Julius Caesar for its first performance in 1599 he was rapidly maturing as a playwright. With Henry V he had just completed his second tetralogy of English history plays, and Hamlet, his next tragedy, was probably already in his mind even before he finished Julius Caesar. The twin golden comedies, As You Like It and Twelfth Night, were also written about this time. As an artist, Shakespeare was developing his ability to explore the interior workings of psychology, emotions, and complex personal relations.
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