In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare includes prophets, omens, and natural phenomenon that point to the tragic end of the three main characters: Julius Caesar, Marcus Brutus and Gaius Cassius. Writing a play based on such a well known historical event, Shakespeare’s audience would have known the outline of the events before entering the theater. Therefore, the inclusion of the omens would have served as a reminder for his audience. Though the omens suggest a sense of predetermination that would have satisfied the historical outlook of the audience, it is abundantly clear that it is the choices that those characters make that dooms them. Ultimately, Shakespeare suggests that it is the flaws of the main characters that leads …show more content…
Caesar encounters many incidents when he is directly warned about his death. However, each time, he fails to accept such warnings because of his pride. The first incident is during the feast of Lupercal, when a soothsayer warns him “Beware the ides of March” (1.2.23). Without taking the warning seriously, Caesar dismisses the soothsayer as a “dreamer.” Furthermore, when he reencounters the soothsayer on the ides of March, Caesar ridicules him by saying “The ides of March are come” (3.1.1). Caesar’s scornful behavior towards the soothsayer illustrates his arrogance. Later, in Act 2, Calpurnia pleads Caesar to stay home because she realizes that all the omens are pointing to Caesar’s death. Despite her plea, Caesar insists “Caesar shall forth: the things that threaten’d me ne’er look’d but on my back; when they shall see the face of Caesar, they are vanished” (2.2.15-17). These incidents show that Caesar’s pride blinds his ability to see his tragic end. Moreover, Caesar ignores his own feeling of uneasiness towards Cassius for the sake of his pride. In Act 1, Scene 2, Caesar expresses to Antony the uneasiness he feels about Cassius. Yet, he says “I rather tell thee what is to be fear’d than what I fear; for always I am Caesar” (1.2.223-224). Despite the warnings and omens and even his own feelings, Caesar fails to eliminate the dangerous figures such as Cassius because he believes that acting upon …show more content…
Brutus is without a doubt the most noble character in this play. Nonetheless, his impeccable sense of morality also blindfolds him to other people’s sordid motives and makes him easy to be manipulated. Indeed, Brutus is easily manipulated by Cassius in Act 1, Scene 2. In hope to convince Brutus to join the conspirators, Cassius says “Men at some time are masters of their fates: The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings” (1.2.150-152). As a result, Brutus starts to believes that it is his job to murder Caesar, as he says in Act 2, Scene 1: “It must be by his death: and for my part, I know no personal cause to spurn at him, but for the general” (2.1.14-16). This example explicitly shows that Brutus’s nobility makes him an easy target for others to manipulate. Furthermore, Brutus’s nobility makes him naive. In Act 3, Scene 2, Brutus departs, fully trusting Mark Antony on his words to make a speech that does not blame the conspirators. This, however, is a huge mistake because Antony seeks this chance to successfully turn the crowd against the conspirators. Brutus, who is so noble, is too naive to understand that others may not act as righteously as he does. Hence, Brutus fully trusting Antony to keep his promise demonstrates his naivety. It is his nobility that prevents him to see that others may not be as noble as he is. As a consequence, Brutus’s nobility leads him to his
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There is a phrase, “judge, jury ad executioner”; the speeches from The Tragedy of Julius Caesar Act 3 Scene 2 bring the phrase to mind. It signifies that the person referred to is in command of every decision made, and they have the power to be rid of whomever they choose. In this case, Brutus fits this description except for the fact that he brings mistakingly brings his case to the people, the plebians who are the real jury and with the inconvenient interference of a shrewd prosecuting attorney he looses the power to do whatever he wants. He does not control the outcome of his crime/murder. Brutus and Cassius, the two head conspirators indeed lose the larger fight that they had initiated.
Brutus begins by saying that he doesn’t know why he should act against Caesar. He wonders if Caesar will change if he becomes king. Caesar will be the most dangerous in his highest point-- when he is named king He is afraid that when Caesar gains power, he will feel bad when he does bad things or he will not have moral Humility is what propels people, but once they get what they want, they forget what got them there.
I believe in order for a person to be considered noble they should also show to be loyal as well. The issue here is not a measure of nobleness it is a measure of loyalty and weakness. Brutus himself wanted to be like Caesar. Brutus wanted to have Caesar’s power and influence over the people of Rome. What Brutus did not know is
While the reader has been led to believe in Brutus' strength of nobility, there is a touch of weakness in the self-delusion he must create before he can join the conspirators: Brutus feels that murder is wrong and so must find a way to justify his actions. It's not for personal reasons that he will do it, but for the general; that is, for the good of the people of Rome. He generalizes about the effects of power and ambition and anticipates the damage that Caesar will do when he gains the crown. He has to admit, however, that Caesar has not yet committed any of these wrongs.
At this point in the play, Brutus was making all of the decisions for the conspirators. He would not listen to Cassius when he should have. For example, if they would have killed Antony he would not have had to flee Rome, another thing he should have listened to is that Brutus should not have let Antony make a speech in act 3 scene 2 lines 73-105. Antony was able to use pathos during his speech to turn the people against the conspirators, while Brutus tried using logos. If Brutus would have used a different approach he would not have had the people turn against
The Words That Changed Rome Shiv Khera once said “There are good leaders who actively guide and bad leaders who actively misguide. Hence, leadership is about persuasion, presentation and people skills.” Having rhetoric skills is an immense in leadership. In Shakespeare’s
Having been a friend of Pompey and learning about his death, Cassius wanted to eradicate Caesar in order to avoid a loss of freedom. Cassius is quick to attack other individuals and his arrogance and pride is evident when he discusses his refusal to bow down to authority. He also mocks Caesar’s account of
Caesar was “thrice presented a kingly crown/which he did thrice refuse,” which twists the people to believe that Caesar certainly could not be ambitious (Julius Caesar, 3.2.96-97). The people misunderstand Caesar’s ambition, though, because he thrice refuses the crown to please the people and win their goodwill. The more Caesar refuses the crown, the more goodwill he will obtain, and the more people will want him to become an absolute ruler. Caesar’s desire to demolish the republic and create an imperial society ends with his death. Since “Antony is but a limb of Caesar,” his spirit continues to live and so does imperial Rome (Julius Caesar, 2.1.165).
While Brutus spoke well, but had no real factual standpoint, Antony gave many examples of Caesar’s achievements. In his speech he uses Pathos, Logos, Ethos, and Situational Irony to sway his audience. He uses Brutus’ and Cassius’ precious honor and Caesar’s achievements against them, saying, “When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept./ Ambition should be made of sterner stuff./ Yet Brutus says he was ambitious,/ And Brutus is an honorable man” (3.2.90-93). In this statement and many other statements following the same pattern Antony degrades the honor and the arguments of Caesar’s ambition that were made by Brutus and the other conspirators.
He told his wife, “Cowards die many times before their deaths, / but the valiant taste of death but once. / … /It seems to me most strange that men should fear/ Seeing that death…/ Will come when it will come,” (2.2.34-39). This statement by Caesar emphasizes his view on fate. Shakespeare shows that if death is predetermined, and death is nigh, why would someone live in fear. He tells the reader that fate is what shapes life.
Julius Caesar is a confident general who has won the favor of the people of Rome and is on the cusp of becoming the Supreme leader of Rome however he is cut down by his enemies and allies alike. Caesar is warned again, again and again that something bad is going to happen however Caesar’s inability to accept his vulnerability, his need to hide weakness and refusal to swallow his pride and open his eyes causes his death in the end. Caesar is a confident character, he acts like he is always on top of every situation and a lot of the time he is however he tends to ignore warnings because the possibility of someone close to him turning against him is so out of his mind he refuses to take hints. His first warning was a soothsayer telling him to
In “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar”, Caesar’s main flaw is his arrogance and ambition, which both led to his doom. His overconfidence and self-love blinded him of the sharp thorns growing from his sides which were masked with loyalty and care. Viciously assassinated by the closest people in his heart, Julius Caesar had been known for centuries as the blind conceited man. On the other hand, loyalty conflicted Brutus, who is argued to be the protagonist of the tragedy. Although he was loyal to Caesar, he was loyal to his nation too and thought that the death of Caesar would be for the best for the nation.
Brutus, Villain or Victim “The truth is you don't know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed”-Eminem. William Shakespeare’s play entitled The Tragedy Of Julius Caesar, centers around the protagonist Marcus Brutus. With this in mind, for centuries, whether Brutus is a villain or a victim has been disputed. In the end, Brutus’s best friend Caesar dies, Brutus’s wife Portia dies, and he himself dies.
Throughout the tragedy of Julius Caesar, there have been numerous occasions of foreshadowing Caesar’s fate. Julius Caesar has received both direct warnings, and indirect omens that he has chosen to ignore. Firstly, Caesar has been receiving direct warnings from the soothsayer, artemidorus, and his wife, Calpurnia. Each warning is given differently, for example, the soothsayer’s warning was direct and clear “beware the ides of march”.