Examples Of Motives In Julius Caesar

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In many situations, it is necessary to seem like one has certain traits in order to achieve what is desired. The idea about seeming and being is taught by Machiavelli, but is also seen in the play Julius Caesar. The render of Julius Caesar’s murder shows different aspects of people, their motives, and the ways they pursue desired goals. Characters are seen to appear the way they wish, rather than presenting themselves as they are. Many use this tactic successfully to obtain their goal, whether it is the conspirators plotting against Caesar, or Antony when striving for power. By seeming like they think something else, they are able to deceive others and hide their true motives. However, some of these incentives are immoral, and causes situations…show more content…
After Caesar’s death, Antony seems to make peace with the conspirators, allowing him to speak at the funeral. During his speech, he uses the tactic of faking his emotions, causing the crowds to stir against the conspirators. He seems like he is devastated by the injustice done and passionate to gain vengeance for Caesar. On the contrary, Antony 's’ conversations after the speech shows that his plans is not for Caesar, but for his own aspirations. When Antony orders Lepidus, he says, “Fetch the will hither, and we shall determine / How to cut off some charge in legacies” (4. 1. 10-11). Antony is asking Lepidus to bring Caesar’s will in order to reduce some of it’s bequests. Antony wants to cut what Caesar gave to his people, since he does not want to give all of that money and land. However, Anthony earlier had his speech praising Caesar for his will and his goodness. He uses the will to prompt the crowds in his favor, but does not actually follow up on what he says, and does not care about Caesar’s wishes. This shows that Antony’s speech and actions are not actually for Caesar, but for his own arrangements. Antony’s thirst for ultimate power also drives his desire to remove Brutus and Cassius, but does this by swaying the crowds to riot, driving them out of Rome, and causing a disastrous war with many deaths. In the end, Antony is successful in revenging…show more content…
The conspirators act in ways that make them seem trustworthy, but ends with a murder of a man who is innocent. Antony also utilizes this tactic by seeming like he is emotional and caring for Caesar, in order to achieve his selfish goal of power. By being dishonest with the way they present themselves, the characters are able to achieve what they want, but with more suffering and deaths. However, being able to switch from seeming and being can be useful, if used in the right context and for the right reasons. The intentions behind some of their actions are not honorable, and as a result, their actions of seeming to be something else are unjustifiable. It is better to present oneself in honesty; that being genuine can still help one get what they are looking for, and without manipulating and hurting
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