Mobition, Power And Corruption In Julius Caesar

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The play Julius Caesar, written by William Shakespeare, has many themes. The themes, or life lessons, that can be related to the world today, are ambition, power, and corruption. These motifs are similar to politics and the politicians of today. Does giving politician’s power make them too ambitious for more power? Are politician’s power hungry? Is the system of politics or the politicians corrupt? These are the most frequently asked questions that make the public and society curious about politics. These questions can be linked to the themes of ambition, power, and corruption in the city of Rome in the play Julius Caesar. Giving elected officials more power makes them ambitious for even more power. If politicians are power hungry, and both…show more content…
“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?... Yet Brutus says he was ambitious, and Brutus is an honorable man…”(Shakespeare 3.2.83-92). Marc Antony, tells the crowd that Caesar was not ambitious even though Brutus and the conspirators thought he was. The Romans started to wonder if Brutus was actually the one who was in control because he received more power once Caesar was dead. To compare today’s ambitious politicians to the ambitious political leaders in Julius Caesar, it is noted that both groups of people wanted more power and more authority. Brutus was already of high power in the city of Rome, but was manipulated by Cassius who wanted even more power, showing that Cassius was the ambitious one behind the murder of Caesar. An opposing argument could be that leaders are not ambitious for power, rather they are just determined to help better their country. An example of this argument can be defended with the former President of the United States, Barack Obama. Most people believed he wanted to become President, simply because he desired to help better his country and in many ways, he
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