He thought Caesar was becoming too power-hungry, so he joined the conspirators to assist with the assassination solely due to his love for Rome. With Brutus on their side, the killing was more honorable since the purpose was for the betterment of Rome. On his way to the Senate-house, he was met by Artemidorus, who insisted Caesar read his letter immediately provided that it pertained to him. He responded by saying “What touches us ourself shall be last served” (3.1). Without delay, he ignored the letter and called Artemidorus a madman.
He successfully accomplishes his objective of convincing the mob that Brutus is a traitor and the conspirators are at fault. He played with emotions which was the right thing to do rather than applying logic. He used emotional phrases such as, "My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar" and "Oh judgment; thou art fled to brutish beasts". Which allows him to have a connect with the crowds feeling at the death of Caesar .Antony does not let the restriction of going against the conspirators hinder his speech. He begins not by attacking Brutus or the conspirators, but by praising Caesar.
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.
Machiavelli argued that the most victorious kings were not those who acted in line with dictates of law, or justice, or conscience, however those willing to try to do anything that was necessary to preserve their own control--and therefore indirectly preserve the goodness of the state. Machiavelli tells us that the sovereign should take any action that is important to keep up the order in society. In time this may result in the most compassionate decision too. Machiavelli explains that, Cesare Borgia, by by making use of cruelty was able to accomplish order, goodness and obedience in Romagna. On the other hand, due to the inaction of the Florentines, allowed internal conflict to develop in Pistoia, leading to devastation of the town.
Oedipus Rex is without a doubt a masterful tragedy. While it would take an entire other essay to discuss why Oedipus Rex is such a good tragedy, the overarching reason why is that Oedipus is ultimately a well-intentioned ruler and good person. For example, when Oedipus first hears about the plague, he quickly demands a solution, stating that “The grief that burdens me/concerns these men more than it does my life” (1308). Oedipus was no tyrant who wished to mercilessly subjugate the people of Thebes. Rather, he was a ruler who always had the best interest of his citizens in mind, and who had already saved the people of Thebes by solving the riddle of the Sphinx and was ready to save the Thebans again, this time by stopping the plague.
For instance, Macbeth knows that killing the king is morally wrong, and talks many times of why he should not do it. But, Macbeth still goes through with killing the king because his wild ambition drives him to it, even though logically he should not have killed Duncan. After the killing of Duncan Macbeth deeply regrets his actions, in Act II scene II he says “What hands are here? Ha, they pluck out mine eyes. / Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood / Clean from my hand?
Cassius does not back down following the almost dictatorial pronouncements of his equal, Brutus, even though he absolutely disagree heartedly with most of Brutus’s decisions. To accomplish his goal of completely removing Caesar from power he tries everything he can. He finally resorts to using his keen insight in human nature to convince Brutus by means of a long drawn out, passionate argument, coupled with bogus notes. In the conversation with Brutus, Cassius says, Brutus sense of honor, nobility, and pride more than he presents concrete example of Caesar’s actions. Then he ends up killing
Caesars fatal death by his strong governing peers may have been because Caesar’s hamartia is his arrogance, and this is shown consistently through his life span in the play. Since Caesar has a strong political following and position in Rome’s state, he has much arrogance in his personality and this arrogance is his hamartia which has a fatal ending to his life. If Caesar was more cautious about how he treated other people with little respect then maybe his arrogance would not have been hamartia. When the soothsayer warned Caesar about the Ides of March, if Caesar was not ignorant and arrogant then he would’ve believed the soothsayer which could of saved his life. With Caesar being so arrogant he believed that nothing bad would have ever happen to him, but if he noticed but the signs of what was to come in the Ides of March and how suspicious Cassius, Brutus, and the other congressmen were then he may of not come to a fatal death.
Being a king is not all about demonstrating strength or a united government. There are many things that constitutes being a good king. A good king must display human qualities even though he embodies a godlike figure. According to Shakespeare, a good king serves its country and the people rather than ruling it, therefore interacting as well as being open to advice from all its subjects. Even though physical power is an important trait to possess as a king, King Lear displays many qualities that would question whether he embodies a "good" king; like being blind to reality, arrogance and his madness.
Even though Brutus kills with the intent of helping the people, many are focused on the aspect that Caesar is the ruler of Rome and no one should kill him- especially his best friend. As Caesar is stabbed, Caesar looks his best friend as says, “Et tu, Brute?” (3.1.77). Caesar is heartbroken to see his best friend is willing to kill him. The idea of a man killing his best friend influences people’s mind to view Brutus as a traitor. However, Caesar is seen as a threat to Rome’s wellbeing, and Brutus thinks Caesar’s absence will not hinder Rome.