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.
It was one’s reputation. 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.
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.
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)
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.
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. Be that as it may, after they understand the results' outcome, they utilize reasoning and their temperament to settle on the right
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.
In a discussion we had during class, there was a very interesting point that was brought up. 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.
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.
Throughout the play Macbeth there are plenty of examples of corruption of power, the character that shows corruption of power the most in the play is Macbeth. Throughout the play, you can see Macbeth get greedier for power and as you continue reading the play you can see Macbeth's thirst for power. Macbeth kills the king so he could be next in line to become king, he kills Banquo, his companion, to cover his tracks of killing the king so Banquo could not get suspicious about the death of Duncan. The final example of corruption of power is when Macbeth gets the power of being king he leads troops into a battle he believes he can’t lose. "Stars, hide your fires; / Let not light see my black and deep desires"(1.4.50-51).
“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.” Julius Caesar articulates a story of fragmented friendships caused by the thirst for power, and a war caused by similar occurrences. Consequently, I agree that this play expresses a story of lost morality in the political sphere. Caesar’s close companion, Brutus, loses all morals and exterminates Caesar. His reasoning behind this being, he has a need for political supremacy.
I personally think that Julius Caesar dealt with betrayal pretty seriously. He didn’t want people to betray on him. He would rather betray on anybody if that was what it took for him to stand his ground as the dictator of Rome. An example of how he dealt with the betrayal is that he made sure the safety of him and his wife were at 100% after killing the other deceased king Pompey. He wanted to make sure that no one of the followers of Pompey would rebel on Caesar's victory.
Many of the world’s greatest leaders have used power to unite their people and make peace within the region’s boundaries. However, in the 1850’s, power was shown through violence towards people with different skin color. In the book, Nightjohn, a character named Sarney, goes through hardships during the time of slavery. Sarney is a slave along with many other people on the plantation in which she works and lives in. Sarney and her fellow slaves are owned by Waller, a cruel and unfit leader to them.