He acted on greed, hatred, and jealousy instead of having the good of Rome in mind. Author, Donald Wasson, finds that several of the senators, including Cassius, who were involved in the conspiracy against Caesar were “friends and supporters of Pompey who sought both high office and profit” in his article The Murder of Julius Caesar (Wasson). Cassius did not care about what Caesar was doing or would do to Rome with his power, instead he only worried about having power over everyone else. He told Brutus about Julius Caesar’s disabilities and commented about his amazement that “a man of such a feeble temper should so get the start of the majestic world and bear the palm alone” (I.ii.131-133). Cassius never wanted to be below or feel less than anybody.
Desire For Power In Act III, scene ii, lines 74-139 of Julius Caesar Antony’s speech portrays a powerful argument which he used to sway the citizens of Rome to side with him. Antony elaborated the truth behind the conspirators actions, which proved to the citizens that Caesar didn’t rule through ambitiousness like Brutus claimed in the speech prior. The scene took place moments after Brutus ' speech to the people claiming that Caesar 's control ultimately ended his reign,which he justified as the betterment of Rome. Shakespeare uses repetition, tone, and hyperbole throughout his speech to demonstrate the major fault in the conspirators plan, ultimately showing Antony’s need for power.
Antony begins by stating the reasons why Caesar wasn’t ambitious, but a kind, loving friend. For example, “He was my friend, faithful, and just to me,/But Brutus says he was ambitious,/And Brutus is an honorable man./He hath brought many captives home to Rome,/Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill./Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?/When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept;/Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.” (III.ii.94-101). By saying this, Antony informs the audience of his and Caesar’s relationship and mocks the way Brutus repeated how Caesar was ambitious frequently in his eulogy.
The people of Rome along with the conspirators convinced him to kill his former friend, Caesar. His last words before killing Caesar were “not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more.” (III.II.19-24) This shows that he cared more about the society and people of Rome, than his friend. It also shows how they could influence him to turn against his friend.
Human minds are meant to function in certain ways when given certain situations. If you give someone power, they are bound to become corrupt. Corruption comes with revolution for a new way to rule the nation. In William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, we see one of these revolutions occur.
Second, Brutus is still apart of the government he loves so dearly. Lastly, what if Caesar made Rome even stronger than it was at the time? Caesar is loved by the people more than anyone in Rome.
Influence Caesar was the man that had it all. Antony was his loyal friend. Brutus was an aspiring ruler and conspirator. In the play Julius Caesar, the way one speaks is key in understanding their intent and the influence it has on people. William “Shakespeare was very skeptical about democracy in the sense of rule by the majority, or direct rule by the people” (99).
L 86, 89, 94-95). Antony really tries to appeal Caesar to the crowd and all his triumphs, not faults. At this point in their speeches, Brutus and Antony had the crowd swayed the way they
The appeals in Antony’s speech were persuasively better than the use of them in Brutus’s speech. Marc Antony uses all three appeals in his speech to make a very sturdy argument. An example of logos in his speech is when he states, “He hath brought many captives home to Rome Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill: Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?” This speech is Antony stating facts of Caesar’s work which proves that he is not ambitious and does not deserve to be killed. Antony also uses ethos and pathos when he says, “He was my friend, faithful and just to me.”
He made the people of Rome feel bad for him, and they saw him as a good man who was loyal to Caesar. Brutus only had one thing going for him, which was he had helped to kill Caesar so that he could help Rome. The people of Rome of course, saw Brutus as the bad guy in this situation and did not believe he was loyal to Caesar. Although Antony uses tactics in his speech to make Brutus look like criminal for just marveling Caesar’s death.
There are a lot of different themes that could be used to describe the play of Julius Caesar. Power is a big part of the play and is probably the best theme of it. Throughout the play, power has a big impact on the story line and the way the story goes. It is evident to the conspirators that Julius Caesar is headed for absolute power; he becomes a threat to the ideals and values of the Roman Republic. They assassinate Caesar before he can be crowned king.
In Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare portrays Marcus Brutus as the tragic hero whose tragic flaws lead to him paving the way to his own downfall. The plot of Julius Caesar follows the plot structure of a typical Elizabethan drama. In the first two and a half acts Brutus's fortune rises. In the middle of the third act is the turning point of the Marcus Brutus's fortune. For the rest of the play, the tragic hero's fortune rapidly declines, as a result of mistake that Brutus made, until by the end of Act 5, Brutus commits suicide because he saw nothing left in the world for him to live for.
Honor in the world gives people a reason to fight for the things that they believe in. Throughout The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Brutus has had to make many tough decisions that display the great honor within him. In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare's, it is made very obvious that Brutus is an honorable man. Brutus preserves his honor by taking care of Rome’s issues with good intentions and without going too far.
Manipulation in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar Manipulation can be defined as a way of tricking someone into believing or doing something another individual wants them to do. Manipulation is often shown throughout The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare. Shakespeare includes this aspect in order to highlight key events and characters in the play. It can be assumed that without manipulation, Julius Caesar may have not been assassinated on the Ides of March. However, this is not the case.
Within Julius Caesar Shakespeare uses manipulation in order to show how corrupt government can be, in stark contrast with the current government that Shakespeare is experiencing. A transition of power is in the future for Shakespeare and he wants the public to learn of how they cannot be manipulated into decisions, and must look at things without a tainted idea. Shakespeare uses the main political Figures in Julius Caesar, Brutus and Antony, to show this form of political manipulation of people with less power. The first example of deceit and manipulation come when Brutus betrays Caesar and kills him.