Julius Caesar Leader Analysis

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"O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?" Act II, Scene II of Romeo and Juliet. For centuries William Shakespeare has been influencing society. We perform his plays, quote his writings, analyze his sonnets. One of his very first, and most common productions being Julius Caesar. In every act of Shakespeare’s plays, there is a leader that shows skills that make him or her perfect for their job. In Julius Caesar, one of these leaders in Marc Antony. Marc Antony would be a strong leader because he has two important traits that the audience can see through his words and actions throughout the play. He is fiercely loyal, to his friends, countrymen, leaders, and to Rome. And, he is respectful to everyone, even his enemies. These two traits are…show more content…
This is one of Marc Antony's strongest characteristics as it helps him triumph in war, rally the Romans, earn respect, and become a leader of Rome. One of the best examples we see of Antony's quick thinking is after Caesar dies. Brutus leaves to speak to the other Roman citizens, and leaves Antony to talk to the citizens after Brutus convinces them that, "I weep for him; as he was fortunate, I rejoice at it; as he was valiant, I honour him: but, as he was ambitious, I slew him." Act III, Scene II of Julius Caesar. He convinces them that killing Caesar was the best . Antony speaks to the citizens and is able- without angering the people further, making them hate him, or dishonoring Brutus openingly- to convince them that the conspirators are in the wrong. He does this in a number of ways, all proving him to be very convincing and intelligent. Antony helps the people of Rome remember the good Caesar has done for Rome, and reminds them of how he denied the crown offered to him three times. He shows them the body of Caesar, emphasizing the holes and blood, saying, "Look, in this place ran Cassius' dagger through: See what a rent the envious Casca made: Through this the well-beloved Brutus stabb'd;" Act III, Scene II of Julius Caesar. He captures them with the revealing of Caesar's will, and then entices them into listening to him by promising to show them what Caesar had written. A…show more content…
Some flaws can make you a good or a bad leader, depending on how they are used or directed. One of these such traits is ambition. Marc Antony was very ambitious, which could have been very good for him as leader, but he was so ambitious that he killed his own family members. This is very important, because he does this to not anger his fellow rulers of Rome. If someone is willing to kill off their own family, then how can one know they will not kill others to stay in power? The audience could say this makes him unfit to lead. This argument is not valid, because we see that his being a ruler of Rome and having no bad feelings between him and his fellow leaders allows them to win in the end. They work together to bring justice, and without justice there is disorder. And when you are a leader, disorder can turn others against you. This is why this is not a weakness or flaw that interferes with him being a loyal, strategic, respectful, and intelligent leader in the story of Julius
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