Was Julius Caesar Justified Essay

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It is astonishing how one man can take away another’s life so quickly and easily. It is alarming how one could argue that the murder of Julius Caesar was a group effort, when there is only one man who is behind this horrific feat of hatred. It is amazing how anyone could think that the killing of our powerful leader-to-be could be justified by any reasoning. Ladies and gentlemen, we are standing in the very same room as the murderer of the great Julius Caesar. May I direct your attention to the man guilty of this crime, Marcus Brutus. Now, the defense seems to base their argument heavily on the idea that Brutus was tricked by the “real conspirators” into killing Caesar. This was said to be done through a series of letters that claimed to…show more content…
Caesar was an honorable man and was never proven to be a potentially poor leader. Rome loved him as he loved Rome. He even refused the crown when it was offered to him, to quote Casca mentioning it to Cassius and Brutus,”And he put it thrice, each time gentler than the other.” (I,ii, pg. 10). There is no substantial proof that Caesar would have been bad enough of a leader to justify a political assassination. The lack of evidence makes the defense’s argument that Caesar would have lead Rome astray invalid and simply an assumption made in attempt to heighten Brutus’ credibility. Also, if Brutus did not want to be a part of the conspiracy, why did he let the whole group meet at his house? Why did he stay in touch with Cassius? If Brutus really didn’t want to be part of the assassination, why didn’t he take one of the many opportunities to back out? For example, when the conspiracy showed at his house, in the middle of the night, he let them into his residence without any hesitation. “Let ‘em enter, they are the faction.” Brutus said when Lucius told him that Cassius was at the door with the conspiracy in tow, which shows that Brutus both recognized the presence of the conspiracy and accepted their presence in his home. This shows that Brutus did not have any sort of opposition to the idea of
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