The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, a famous Shakespearean drama. This speech takes place on the ides of March. Caesar was stabbed by the conspirators after being warned numerous times by his wife and a soothsayer. When Caesar came to his death, it was a sad day for Rome. That day they lost not only a general, but a man whose job was to help the people. He was seen as an ambitious man who needed to be stopped. Right before Anthony gave his speech Brutus came to explain why the murder was a just cause. In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Anthony shows his ability to tell the truth through dishonesty and irony.
Caesar was trying to differentiate between breaking the law for a good reason and a bad reason. In other words, if you seize power you do it for a variety of reasons, mostly in those days to expand an empire or revolt against an unjust regime. If those in power are 'good ' then you do not need to seize power, and the enforced rules are there to protect you. So, in short, only break the rules to change them.
There are many different themes that can be identified in a novel;, however, one is usually more prominent than the others. The themes found within novels are not only confined to the original work but can be found throughout other literary works and societal values. When a theme has been identified within a novel, other connections can be made. Within Julius Caesar, the prominent theme is manipulation; a theme with connections around the world.
From the three prescribed readings it can be said that Julius Caesar was a selfish dictator. What was contained in the reading indicated that Julius Caesar is a man that has hunger for power, a self-centered man, and unwavering dictator. And since even the entire people were no longer pleased with present conditions, they rebelled at his tyranny and would like to defend their liberty . It is crystal clear in all the three documents that Julius Caesar was very selfish who only care about himself and his personal goals. In other words in all the three accounts the message is clear that the view of Julius Caesar was not that of a fair and just politician .Assuming he where, the plan to kill him would not have been to assassinate him near Pompey statue, and because he moved the Roman into war across the Rubicon River in North Italy. Caesars action caused his rival Pompey to escape to Greece, and gain absolute control and custody of the whole Italian peninsula. He as well in Spain defeated the legion loyal to Pompey. Caesar was able to capture and killed Pompey in Egypt, afterwards he commanded Cleopatra to act as a surrogate leader to Egypt. He as well conquered all his rivals in North Africa while he left for Rome ensuring his total control and his authority fully in place. Caesar believes this will strengthens the position of power in other to be more effective and therefore made himself a
Was Caesar really a bad man? He had great qualities to be a leader, but the conspirators had a great reason to kill Caesar. He was also was a very bad man. He would kill all people that would disagree with him, was a terrible leader, and weak. He was a terrible leader because he was not going to go to the traditional race at the festival of Lupercal. The only reason he was not going to go is because a soothsayer told him to beware the ides of March, March fifteenth to be specific.
Shocked. The entirety of Rome is stricken to the core by the tragic death of their leader. The one they admire, worship, and rely on. Gone so suddenly. How must the city react to such an event? In the famous play of Julius Caesar, ethos-, logos-, and pathos-based persuasive techniques are used in the funeral speeches, coming first from Brutus and then Marc Antony, to influence the people of Rome to view Caesar's death as either an asset or a downfall.
Just like many other leaders in Julius Caesar, Caesar was corrupted by his power. He wasn’t corrupt in the normal sense, he was socially corrupt in the fact that he didn’t stick to the social norms of respecting fellow senators in
The final reason why Julius Caesar was a villain is the fact that he took action first without thinking about what the consequences would be. Some people might say that Caesar was a hero because he conquered new lands and saved Rome from the hardships of war. Except Caesar, like stated before, only cared about fame and wealth so, he sought out to conquer new lands when really he just started the wars and put Rome in a zone of danger. He started unnecessary wars without thinking about how the rise of taxes (due to the war) would affect the economic part of Rome and it’s citizens.
In Shakespeare’s famous play, Julius Caesar, there's an essential theme of characters and their portrayal/actions in public versus private life. Julius Caesar himself led two very different lives with his family and close friends in contrast to how he presented himself to the public eye. In both settings, Caesar makes himself out to be invincible; however in private he is more vulnerable and superstitious whereas in public, he is immortal and the great leader Rome makes him out to be.
Historians may argue that Julius Caesar helped rome to make it better and stronger for the people. While this might be true this is misleading because all of Julius Caesar's good actions like giving people more jobs,but it just covered up his worse actions that hurt rome. Also Julius Caesar was named a awful man throughout history from not persevering in hard situations, hurting not helping rome, and doing things for himself.
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. Marc Antony’s funeral oration manipulated the people to believe that Caesar cared for them, while in reality he pursued his self-interest. An analysis of both Cicero’s On Duties and Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar depicts the relationship between the elites and the people and allows one to understand the strengths and weaknesses of a republican government.
Caesar tries to rid of everyone that is in opposition to him. During the second scene of act I, Casca says to Brutus and Cassius, “Murellus and Flavius, for pulling scarves off of Caesar’s images, are put to silence,” (I, ii, 287-288). This is implying that since Murellus and Flavius took decorations off of Caesar’s statues, they were taken from their authoratative positions. Doing this shows that Caesar is abusing his power and getting rid of everyone and everything that opposes or may oppose him.
Through time and history, the key to a successful empire has been a skilled leader. Caesar Augustus was one example, and he is known to many as the first true emperor of Rome. His reign lasted from 27 BCE to 14 CE. During this time, he became the sole ruler of the Roman empire, and brought with him peace and order. However, these positive steps did little to hide the fact that he crippled Rome’s government and took advantage of its people. Augustus manipulated the governmental system so that he alone controlled Rome, which resulted in a monarchy. He also used his power to deceive citizens into supporting him. Because he abused the powers given to him, the reign of Caesar Augustus was detrimental to ancient Rome.
In Julius Caesar a character named Cassius is planning a conspiracy against, the newly appointed Emperor of Rome, Julius Caesar. During Act 1 Scene 3 another character that is part of this conspiracy, Casca, states “Oh, he (Brutus) sits high in all the people’s hearts, and that which would appear offense in us, his countenance, like richest alchemy, will change to virtue and to worthiness.”What Casca means by this is that Brutus would be a good person to persuade to join the conspiracy because of his popularity with the people of Rome. I believe that Casca is correct in this assumption; Brutus’ popularity would make a great asset to the conspiracy. The pros to this plan severely outweigh the cons, especially since the cons are unlikely to happen and only would affect Brutus or set them back only a bit while the pros will mostly cause the conspiracy to be put into action and taken well by the citizens of Rome.
Government officials are expected to state their opinions on important subjects. This supposed transparency should allow citizens to assume how politicians will act once in power. Yet this outward appearance does not always convey all of their thoughts. Some actions, purely for public image, conceal the thoughts inside their minds and create a false appearance. This display of how people want to be seen is defined as a facade. In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, a tragedy, William Shakespeare creates facades for the historical figures he uses as characters. Although the audience knows the disguises for most characters, they have no choice but to watch them fail. The decline of powerful politicians makes this play a tragedy. In order to remain strong to the citizens of Rome and their enemies, Cassius, Caesar and Antony put up facades to mask their motives.