Out of fear of his future political activities and his overconfident personality, the senators of Rome, including Caesar's best friend Brutus, created a conspiracy to assassinate him to stop him from obtaining absolute power over the Roman Empire. On the Ides of March, Julius Caesar was assassinated by Roman senators because of what they thought Caesar would do with his power. William Shakespeare illustrated an unjustified assassination
NAME – AKUL KHANNA PROFESSOR – KANIKA DANG ENGLISH THESIS PAPER DATE -2ND NOVEMBER 2015 MARK ANTONY’S DEVELOPMENT IN JULIUS CEASAR In the year 44 BC the powerful empire of Rome had lost its ruler due to the assassination led by the senators and Julius Caesar’s brother Brutus. Caesar’s death was a huge setback for Rome and its people and the whole empire was in utter chaos. Mark Antony a very noble, loyal and affectionate friend of Caesar. Following Caesar’s demise, Antony sought out to avenge his fallen friend; to defeat Brutus and the other conspirators. However, his endeavour made him the ultimate ruler at the end.
He had killed Pompey a political rival. This allowed Caesar to eliminate the political opposition that could topple his plans. However, in order to completely remove any sources of military resistance, Caesar needed to kill the sons of Pompey as well, “That [Caesar] comes in triumph over Pompey’s blood!” (1.1 51-52 Julius Caesar). Also Caesar sought to turn the allies of Pompey into his friends (namely Brutus, whom Caesar viewed as a friend), and allowed them to reach positions of power under his
“Brutus and Caesar: What should be in that ‘Caesar’?/ Why should that name be sounded more than yours?/ Write them together, yours is as fair a name;” (I.ii.235-237) Cassius’ says because he wants to get Brutus to question why Caesar has become so popular and powerful, and why he deserves it more than anyone else. He wishes to build Brutus up, convincing Brutus that he is just as beloved and trusted by the people, and has the same influence Caesar does. Ultimately, he wants to persuade Brutus that he deserves as much power as Caesar has. Cassius uses another metaphor while speculating about how Caesar gained so much power and influence, just after he has finished talking about Brutus’ equality to Caesar. “Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed,/ That he is grown so great?” (I.ii.240-241) He does this to make Brutus question why Caesar is so powerful and if he has something special that makes him a better ruler than Brutus.
“I thrice presented him a kingly crown, Which he did thrice refuse: was this ambition?” (3.2. Line 99-100). Antony is stating facts right now, he reminds the crowd of how they loved Caesar so much, that they were willing to just him the crown. He also reminds them that Caesar refused the crown and asks if that is ambition because it is not. Logos justs adds to all of the other techniques he used to win over the crowd and make then into a the mob that Antony
The crowd reflects on Antony’s inquiry for a moment and then cry out in defense of Caesar and his honorability. They believe that Antony and Caesar’s ploy to help Caesar get the crown was actually an act of altruism and devotion to the Roman Republic. Antony knows the truth, but he also is aware that the crowd’s undesired reaction toward Caesar denying the crown can now be used to paint Caesar in a good light. By bringing this event to the forefront of the plebeians’ mind, he is able to remind them of the admirable, though not real, characteristics Caesar had rather than the unpleasant ones Brutus had previously mentioned. Not only do they have a greater appreciation for Caesar, they also are beginning to doubt the credibility and motives of Brutus and the other conspirators.
“The fact is that a man who wants to act virtuously in every way necessarily comes to grief among so many who are not virtuous” (Machiavelli 6). Indeed, Brutus is a symbol of idealism in the play. He acts virtuously to cover up the assassination accordingly to his perspective, where he compares the assassination to a rite, and Caesar’s dead body to a holy article. Further more, Brutus consistently doubted himself whether the assassination was an ethical thing or not. “Caesar, now be still: I kill’d not thee with half so good a will” (5.5.56-57).
Have you ever wondered about the play Julius Caesar? You know, like about the characters and who they really were? This will help you understand the similarities and differences of the characters, Mark Antony and Brutus, in the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare. Together they had few similarities and a lot of differences. It’s easiest to tell you a few similarities first.
For example, Antony convinces the crowd that Caesar was a good man and they should all kill Brutus for what he has done to their “great leader.” Antony says in his speech to the citizens of Rome, “Ambition should be made of sterner stuff. Yet Brutus says he was ambitious; and Brutus is an honorable man.” Antony is smart and uses his brain to get what he wants, but Brutus on the other hand, is very naive. Brutus is naive because he spoke to the citizens’ emotions and not to what he wants them think like Antony did. Brutus wants the crowd to be happy that Caesar is dead. Which they are, but Antony convinces them not to be.
Cicero’s On Duties defends republican government because it serves the whole community. He stresses that honorable rulers must benefit the people. Ruling “for the sake of pre-eminence” leads one astray (On Duties, 11). In contrast, Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar chronicles the dissolution of a republican government, as the play ends with the rise of imperial Rome. This ending helps depict the power of the elites.