Has Brutus truly justified the need to kill Caesar or has he simply rationalized it for himself? Brutus has multiple reasons that support him in joining the conspiracy to kill Julius Caesar. He did the right thing by joining the conspiracy because he’s loyal to the people of Rome. Brutus believes that Caesar will become full of himself once he’s in power and forget about the people. Lastly he thinks that Caesar is rude and arrogant towards others.
Although Octavian had absolute power and was considered popular by the people, he would at all costs avoid being called a monarch. This could be due to him knowing about how Julius Caesar was murdered for being considered a tyrant and accepting such titles. Suetonius reveals, “… ‘O Just and generous Lord!’, whereupon the entire audience rose to their feet and applauded, as if the phrase referred to Augustus. An angry look and a peremptory gesture soon quelled this gross flattery.” In public, Octavian would condemn anyone who called him a monarch which shows that he did care about what the public thought of him compared to Julius Caesar. Octavian avoided such titles since he already had the power of an emperor and knew that there was a stigma towards the term monarch.
Polyphemus’ purpose in The Odyssey is to show the two sides of Odysseus – the clever hero and the rash idiot – by providing obstacles for Odysseus to overcome. The way that a person responds to a challenge says much about the person themselves. Polyphemus asks: “But tell me, / Where did you leave your ship? Far / Down by the coast, or close? I’d like to know” (Odyssey.9.274-276), not out of the goodness of his heart, but because he wants to destroy their ship.
The stories of Arachne, Hippolytus, and Odysseus consistently show the disastrous effects of defying social hierarchal norms like irreverence toward one’s superiors. The epic of Odysseus showcases the potential of reward after the dismissal of hubris and the reinstatement of devotion to the gods. While one may be justified in one’s egotism, these stories in classical mythology send the message to citizens of ancient Greece and Rome that above all, one must abide by the rules within hierarchal power structures and pay due respect to those at the heads of
When you think of villains, you often think of the people you despise the most. They have done nothing to promote a stable society and do not have the characteristics of someone who you should trust and believe in. That is where most of us fail. Villains are not seen as harmful, until they are. They pretend to be someone they aren’t, and then once they have you hooked, they will turn on you and show their true colors.
He cleverly links Creon and Antigone together in order to stress the duality between Creon’s laws, and the divine laws; exposing how Creon will abuse his power by any means to ensure his laws are obeyed. He then expresses the severity of Creon’s abuse through his supporters, the chorus and Haemon, for it induces both to desire rebellion. To finalize his play, Sophocles successfully discourages anyone from abusing power by making it Creon’s tragic flaw, for he warns that it will always end “with mighty blows of fate” (Antigone
When the conspirators were talking about killing Caesar, Cassius brings up that they should kill Antony too, but Brutus dismisses that notion by claiming that “Antony is but a limb of Caesar” (II.i.179). He later describes his view of Antony, calling him a person of only “sports, to wildness, and much company” (II.i.203). Brutus greatly underestimates Antony by thinking he is just a reveler who cannot do anything for himself, and is only interested in pleasurable activities. He does not think Antony cares much about politics to be involved.. Later on in the story, after Brutus finishes his speech at the funeral, the plebeians
Yes, it may be one of the best options considering the position they are in, but he was the reason why the crew is in that position in the first place. Additionally, he does not keep control over his shipments, which causes the crew to intensify the unfavorable outcome. Odysseus is a stubborn man who only does what he thinks is best instead of thinking of what is best for everyone. He was, however, a great leader when
Cassius understands Brutus’ idealism and uses it to destroy Caesar. However, ultimately this becomes the cause of his downfall. Brutus was destroyed due to his own idealism. Also, Machiavellian is one theme. It means someone doing whatever to gain more power.
As a result she is prized with death just because of standing up for what she believes in. Creon, however creates the law because he feels that it will protect the citizens of Thebes and be the best king he possibly can. But nobody else sees it that way. They all hate him for this, and because of it, he is also punished for doing what he thought was best. The expression of these characters is very impactful, but the most impactful tragic hero in my opinion is Creon, because he makes the reader feel more sympathetic by having an anagnorisis, feeling ashamed