Julius Caesar is possibly the most well-known Romans today. While he was not the first dictator of Rome, his consolidation of power marked the end of the Roman Republic and set the foundation of the Roman Empire. This foundation would later be utilized by Julius Caesar’s heir and adopted son, Octavian, to become the first Emperor of Rome. Many of Julius Caesar’s traits made him dangerous to his political opponents. Of these traits, his ambition, his commitment, and his fearlessness were crucial forces that allowed Caesar to amass more political power than any other Roman had before.
Cassius never wanted to be below or feel less than anybody. Cassius believed that Caesar was too weak compared to him and that he was more worthy of having the power Caesar had. To make advancements in his personal agenda, Cassius manipulated several senators into thinking Julius Caesar was a threat to Rome’s
In William Shakespeare’s play; Julius Caesar, Decius in persuading Caesar to join him in the senate-house was more effective and convincing than Calpurnia. The three keys to Decius’ success were: he grasped the advantage of Caesar’s ambition, he understood Caesar’s mindset and he used Caesar’s self-arrogance to persuade him. However Calpurnia also put great effort and reasoning into persuading Caesar to stay home that day, for she feared he would perish in the senate-house. First Decius grasped the advantage of Caesar’s ambition and used against him. In doing this Decius took Calpurnia’s dream in which Caesar’s statue was pouring out blood and the people of the city went and drank from it, and turned it into not a bad, but a good omen.
Even though he wanted to be the king, Caesar was still his friend. Antony wanted people to be patient with him. He also says, “When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept: Ambition should be made of sterner stuff” (3.2. 100-101). Antony says this to show that Caesar was a good man who cared about the people.
Manipulation plays a key role in Julius Caesar. Characters are working hard to persuade and suggest other world views, like above. Caesar is almost manipulating men to see themselves as weak, strange and cowardly if they feel fear. In act 2, scene 2, Cassius wants Brutus to change his point of view and join the other side. Cassius keeps revisiting the topics of gaining power for himself.
Julius Caesar is a widely known, famous play read in schools everywhere. The basis of the story is that a group of cruel men ban together to kill their ruler. It’s only natural that people assume that this is s highly organized group of killers, however this is just not the case. From the beginning the leaders of the group have clear intentions. While Cassius, a man that has a clear hatred for Caesar, may think he persuaded Brutus into thinking Caesar is a bad man that is no good for Rome, it becomes apparent that Brutus has formed those ideas on his own.
Caesar’s scornful behavior towards the soothsayer illustrates his arrogance. Later, in Act 2, Calpurnia pleads Caesar to stay home because she realizes that all the omens are pointing to Caesar’s death. Despite her plea, Caesar insists “Caesar shall forth: the things that threaten’d me ne’er look’d but on my back; when they shall see the face of Caesar, they are vanished” (2.2.15-17). These incidents show that Caesar’s pride blinds his ability to see his tragic end. Moreover, Caesar ignores his own feeling of uneasiness towards Cassius for the sake of his pride.
In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, written by William Shakespeare, motivations are the basis of many of the critical and consequential decisions made. Motivations prompt the action of questionable decisions and give rationale to the behaviors of key characters throughout the play. Marc Antony’s devotion to Caesar and his longing for revenge on the conspirators is the motivating force behind his actions. From the very beginning, Antony’s
“If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it”- Julius Caesar, the man who is known as one of the most fascinating political figures of all time. The one who through his military genius, expanded the Roman Republic to include parts of what are now Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, and Belgium. Although the hero had many followers and admirers, he was ultimately stabbed to death by his own fellow politicians. Caesar was born in July, 100 B.C.E to Gaius Caesar and Aurelia. The family claimed a noble history but hadn’t produced many influential people till then.
In the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, Caesar's ambition helped guide him become the successful ruler he strived to be, but at the same time, his blinded lust for power led him to his untimely death. Caesar had the drive to do anything he wanted and the people of Rome had a distinct image of him as a formidable leader. He desired to leave a righteous legacy and be immortalized as a man of