A People’s History of Ancient Rome and political scientist, Michael Parenti, stated that Caesar’s assassination “marked a turning point in the history of Rome. It set in motion a civil war and put an end to whatever democracy there had been” (Parenti 2). Caesar’s assassination harmed Rome and did not help their political situation at all. It confused and infuriated the working class because they had lost their beloved king to greedy senators without a real explanation. In Meller and McGee’s book they state that instead of supporting the conspiracy, the “assassination did help Caesar’s reputation” (Meller and McGee 78).
Murder is the unlawful planned out killing of one human being by another, which in society is seen as an action that is morally incorrect and should not be done; yet can this act under any circumstance ever be justified? In the Shakespearean play, Julius Caesar, a group of conspirators are against Caesar's rise in power and popularity, so they assassinate him to prevent Cesar from ascending greatly in power and becoming a tyrant. Even though the conspirators had the “good of Rome” in their intentions, Caesar's murder was not justified. Caesar was murdered under the pretext that he was gaining too much support and would eventually become a danger, and his “ambitious” behavior. Therefore, Caesar was murdered out of jealousy, morally incorrect
This quote, from Brutus, means that his own thoughts and conflicts overwhelm him. In addition, his thoughts and conflicts refer to his idea that if Caesar becomes king, that he will end up harming or endangering Rome. Brutus believes killing Caesar, results to the only solution to help and protect Rome, which relates back to his conflict. Overall, Brutus’ internal conflict involves deciding to kill Caesar, or not, because he does not necessarily want to kill Caesar, but sees it as the only way to protect Rome and its people. His love for Rome and the Roman people proves greater than his love for Caesar, who he somewhat looks to as a friend.
Brutus then says, “I would not, Cassius. Yet I love him well” (Page 7, line 87). This then inspires the new plan on killing Caesar. Despite Brutus’ confliction, he decides it is what is best for Rome. There are more disadvantages than advantages in this act, because the conspirators had gone against the minds and beliefs of all of Rome.
Brutus thinks that the people will join his side when he kills caesar, but what if the people think he is a murderer. Second, Brutus is fighting for what he thinks is “right”, but the people of Rome may not think that is the “right” thing to do and the people turn on him. All of this could ruin Brutus’s reputation and could possibly get him killed. Even if he does get away with it his peers and the people of Rome may think he wants to be king and not Caesar since he does look like he is leading the conspiracy. Brutus’s reputation and the way he is looked at may change in a negative way in many people's eyes.
He was noble and wise. He may not of been born into royalty or nobleness but after being in the war and being loved by the king of Rome, I consider that to be of nobleness. His fatal flaw was loving his family because if he hadn’t talked about wanting to go home to his them or having them as a weakness at all, he never would’ve been so threatened. He makes the mistake of making an enemy of Commodus, the son of the King of Rome. Maximus refused to swear his loyalty to Commodus which put a target on Maximus’ back.
The people of Rome along with the conspirators convinced him to kill his former friend, Caesar. His last words before killing Caesar were “not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more.” (III.II.19-24) This shows that he cared more about the society and people of Rome, than his friend. It also shows how they could influence him to turn against his friend. He believed that what he was
He made the people of Rome feel bad for him, and they saw him as a good man who was loyal to Caesar. Brutus only had one thing going for him, which was he had helped to kill Caesar so that he could help Rome. The people of Rome of course, saw Brutus as the bad guy in this situation and did not believe he was loyal to Caesar. Although Antony uses tactics in his speech to make Brutus look like criminal for just marveling Caesar’s death. In my opinion I believe that Antony’s speech was more persuasive and believable than Brutus’.He made the crowd feel connected to Caesar and he caught the eye of the Roman people.
Can stabbing a person ever really be honorable? Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare represents this dilemma when Brutus and a group of conspirators decide to murder Julius Caesar to save Rome. As the rest of the play progresses the conspirators begin to realize that Rome will not realize what their side of the story was. Mark Antony took up the call to shut the conspirators down and persuade the people that Julius Caesar should not have been killed. In Julius Caesar by William Shakespear, Antony turns the crowd against Brutus and the other conspirators by using reputation to discredit them and rhetorical questions for the people to consider how Ceasar really lived his life.
Unfortunately, instead of going to Caesar and discussing their concerns with him; they decide to end his life. Therefore, Brutus is a betrayer, for conspiring to kill his own friend. One of Brutus’s motivations for killing Caesar is that he believes it is what is best for Rome: “It must be by his death, and for my part I know no personal cause to spurn at him but for the general.” The group of conspirators all believes that Caesar’s ambition puts Rome in danger of becoming a monarchy. Therefore, they would become slaves to Julius Caesar. When Brutus is considering killing Caesar he says, “To be honest, I’ve never known Caesar to let his emotions get the better of his reason” and “our quarrel is with his future behavior, not what he does now.” In conclusion, Brutus’s concerns of Caesar becoming too powerful are invalid because he has not shown signs of becoming that type of ruler.