Theme Of Deception In Julius Caesar

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“And thus I clothe my naked villany with odd old ends stol’n out of holy writ: And seem a saint, when most I play the devil. -William Shakespeare, Richard lll. Deception is the act of twisting the truth to deceive someone is frowned upon by many. Deception is a curse that no one can escape whether it be past, present, or future. It can affect history in many ways as seen in Shakespeare Julius Caesar. Whether it be an simple act or the twisting of words deception can affect the way history plays out for the better or worst.
The first example we see of this in Julius Caesar is how Cassius made Brutus join the conspirators that will soon kill Caesar, which was one of Brutus’s closest friends and they did it by leaving letters in noticeable places to Brutus. Cassius who is an nobleman of Rome, wanted Brutus to join him and the conspirators in overthrowing Caesar. Brutus being the honorable guy he is denied joining but soon changed his mind after a simple act by Cassius. “O Cassius, if you could But win the noble Brutus to our party.” (836) Is what Cinna said to Cassius. Cassius then proceed to place three letters of Caesars wrong doings in places that Brutus would notice. Brutus reading these
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Caesar was persuaded to go to the Senate building just like the conspirators had wanted. As Caesar and the conspirators walked to the Senate building Artemidorus, who had the letter that would destroy the conspirators, tried to give Caesar the letter but was cut off by Decius who said “Trebonius doth desire you to o’er-read, at your best leisure, this his humble suit.” (861). Artemidorus still tried to give Caesar the letter but got pushed away by him as Caesar was getting annoyed. Though it was a simple act of words and redirection, Caesar was convinced not to take or read Artemidorus’s letter that could have saved Caesar’s
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