The paranoia of the ideology that power completely corrupts has existed throughout centuries. This obsession can cause people to act in an irrational way or out of reasonings. So was the case with the senators in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. William Shakespeare centered his play around the Roman leader, Julius Caesar. Out of fear of his future political activities and his overconfident personality, the senators of Rome, including Caesar's best friend Brutus, created a conspiracy to assassinate him to stop him from obtaining absolute power over the Roman Empire.
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.
Making decisions can often be one of the hardest situations someone is put through, especially when the decision can affects others and the way their lives will play out. In the play, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare wrote in 1599, the main focus is on how Rome fell after the soon to be king, Julius Caesar, was murdered. Brutus and many of Caesar’s “friends” were responsible for the murder. Throughout the story, many different writing techniques are used to get the point across, like soliloquies, dramatic irony, reverse psychology and many others. As we can tell from the story Brutus can be seen as a tragic hero.
Joining the Conspiracy In William Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar, there is a conspiracy planning to murder Caesar. This conspiracy consists of people who think Caesar is going to become a tyrant and Rome will be corrupt if he is crowned. Brutus, Caesar’s best friend, is deciding if he wants to become part of this conspiracy. At the beginning of Act II, he decides he wants to kill Caesar. Brutus had no justified reasons to murder Caesar.
Caesar’s death was the most tragic part of the story by far. However, there were many warnings and caveats which might have allowed him to avoid his death. In the first act Caesar comes across a soothsayer who foretells that his future holds terrible things. The seer warns Caesar to beware the ides of march. Which the seer foresees to hold terrible danger for Caesar.
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
In the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, Caesar's ambition helped guide him become the successful ruler he strived to be, but at the same time, his blinded lust for power led him to his untimely death. Caesar had the drive to do anything he wanted and the people of Rome had a distinct image of him as a formidable leader. He desired to leave a righteous legacy and be immortalized as a man of
Emotion tied all these men together. They told the citizens and even themselves at times that their actions were for the good of Rome but could never give good reason as to how. Each man, Brutus as an exception, had personal hatred for Caesar. They even rejected plans to kill Antony- Caesar’s companion- in addition, because he hadn’t done anything to them. This was extremely poor planning.
Hundreds of years later, Shakespeare dramatized the events around Caesar’s death. From his version of the funeral orations given by Brutus and Antony, and the response of the crowd to each, valuable lessons can be learned about persuading people. The first funeral oration for Caesar was given by Brutus. As one of Caesar’s murderers, he needed to accomplish a lot in his speech if he wanted to persuade the crowd. Brutus needed to re-establish his credibility, which had been tarnished by his actions, prove that Caesar was guilty of a crime worthy of death, and show that the actions of the murderers were just.To accomplish this, Brutus relied on appeals to ethos.
In the play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, prophecy plays a major role in cryptically laying out the deaths of the play right in front of its audience STORM During Act I of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, the storm that comes March 14th is used to prophesize the death of Julius Caesar that comes the next day, the ides of March. Shakespeare gives the reader many different