Consequences of Imperfections Many of the greatest leaders in the history of the world have been overthrown or usurped by anyone they had power over. These leaders were filled with arrogance, trusted the ones that killed them too much, or had another of many weaknesses that all people have. This is the case with many of the powerful characters in William Shakespeare’s tragedy, Julius Caesar. One of the main players, Marcus Brutus, has several flaws that can be seen as the reason for Brutus eventual death. Shakespeare exploits Brutus’s imperfections to highlight the fatal flaws in humanity, which helps the reader see how it can lead to the downfall of any great leader or person in power.
For instance, in Act 3 Scene 1, Romeo states, “In my behalf. My reputation stained/ With Tybalt’s slander- Tybalt that an hour” Tybalt’s lies damaged Romeo’s reputation. The people in Verona already thought of him, a Montague, as a nuisance because of the ancient grudge between their families. Now they think of him as worse because of the lies that escaped from Tybalt’s lips into the ears of the citizens. It became worse for Romeo when it was said that he was the one who had killed Tybalt.
Betrayal will lead to destruction. It all began when Cassius spoke to Brutus in Scene 1. Brutus said, “What means this shouting? I do fear, the people choose Caesar for their king.” (1.2.82-83). Cassius replied, questioning why Brutus didn’t want his good friend to become king of Rome.
Almost every character in the play had some form of jealousy that they portrayed to another character. In the play of Othello jealousy caused anger and distrust, which in the end led to much bloodshed. The first time we see jealousy towards Othello is in the council chamber, everyone is gathered together when Othello and Desdemona share how they truly feel about each other and Brabantio was displeased. Brabantio told Othello with much anger, “look to her, moor, if thou hast eyes to see: she has deceived her father, and may thee.” (Othello I.III 293-294) Brabantio shows how bothered and angry he is about losing desdemona to a moor. Brabantio is hurt, his daughter is left him without him even knowing it, and Brabantio is angry with Othello and tells him that his new wife will leave him as well.
Betrayal. There are many cases of betrayal that shock both the victim and the traitor. Shakespeare adequately displays various forms of betrayal. Following the play, the theme of this treachery is interwoven between all the characters, telling a story of how jealousy and betrayal go hand and hand. Most of the main characters commit a form of betrayal in the play.
Power is the ability to actor do something in a particular way. People who have too much power and abuse it, and turn their power into a negative power. Fear and tyranny are abused by people with power creating a negative effect on society. Leaders with a huge rule of power will abuse their role as a leader by creating a fearful environment. In the play, Antigone, King Creon punished Antigone for giving her brother, Polyneices a proper burial.
In the play, the people of Salem lose their heads in light of the fact that they are afraid for different reasons, for example, getting charged or slaughtered. Since they are afraid, they fall for the senseless stories made up by others. Much like the Red Scare, individuals were accused and persecuted because they believed in rumors which were not true. The vast majority of the times, hysteria hits us hard and we forget how to deal with it, and turn on an convenient getaway. Miller uses Hale's change to demonstrate that people are willing to do anything to save themselves.
Imagine having a backstabbing tyrant ruling your country. This could mean many things including impending doom for you and your people. In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, exactly this would happen if Cassius were appointed leader of Rome. This is based on the negative leadership and speech qualities that Cassius portrays. He displays many negative leadership qualities including, stubbornness, selfishness, incompetence, and he fails to supply his country’s happiness.
Shakespeare could’ve used Julius Caesar to relay a message, which could tie into why there was so much persuasion throughout the play. The power of persuasion is used throughout the play to trigger many misfortunate events, most notably Antony’s speech to prove to the people that Caesar’s death was not justified. I believe that the power of persuasion was the most important role in the play, and in the end, brought destruction upon Brutus. In the beginning of the play, we see the cobbler leading the people down the streets because of Caesar’s triumph. “What conquest brings he home?...O you hard hearts, you cruèl men of Rome, Knew you not Pompey?” (1.1.32-39) says Murellus.
In Titus Andronicus, by William Shakespeare, the Goths and the Romans are used to explore the ideas of civilisation and savagery. The two groups suffer from mutilations, murders, and other unspeakable acts at the hands of their opponents, all in the name of revenge. Shakespeare toys with the idea of what it means to be civilised, noble, and merciful. Then he shows how it easily these virtues can be abandoned. By the climax of the play, civilisation has ceased, destroyed in the name of
In the play the tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, is mainly based on the assassination of Julius Caesar. The main conspirator, ironically, Marcus Brutus, a close friend and ally to Caesar. The character Marcus Brutus fits the description of a tragic hero. Like other tragic heroes, he portrays idealistic and pragmatic qualities. Brutus appears to be the most complicated character.