Julius Caesar The Fault In The Conspirator's Stars

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The Fault in The Conspirator's Stars There are many plot twists in William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, some of which are attributed to the devious ways of Marc Antony. In this play, a group of conspirators assassinate the soon-to-be dictator of Rome, Julius Caesar. Following his death, Octavius Caesar and Marc Antony, Julius’s heir and his right hand man respectively, lead armies against the conspirator’s forces and defeat them at the Battle of Phillipi. Antony’s words and actions directly led to the defeat of the conspirators and the government they sought to initiate in Rome. When Antony speaks to the plebeians, he convinces them that Caesar was a good man and turns them against the conspirators. After Brutus spoke, Antony…show more content…
Brutus acknowledges that this is due to the triumvirate orders. Brutus is making an analogy to robbing bees. He is saying that from that action, Antony has left the conspirators defenseless, without support. They have as much as bees without honey or buzzing. He also states that Antony has made a wise decision in doing so, because he weakens their forces right before attacking. Brutus is revealing that the lack of support he has will affect the war they are about to fight. Antony also leads his army to defeat Cassius and his army. While talking to Cassius, Titinius describes how the battle is going between Cassius’ army and Antony’s. He says, “Whilst we by Antony are all enclosed”(JC.V.iii.8). He explains that their army is now surrounded by Antony’s. The conspirators underestimated Antony yet again, and it has led to the defeat of Cassius’ army. In conclusion, had the conspirators killed Antony along with Caesar, the outcome of the tyrannicide would have not been the defeat and death of the conspirators. Antony cleverly used his speech at Caesar’s funeral to increase support for his side. He also weakened the conspirator’s support and then defeated them at the Battle of Phillipi. As Cassius would say, the fault was not in the conspirator’s stars, but in

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