Act I, scene II, lines 180-252 of Julius Caesar shows the effects of jealousy and how it causes someone to become evil and manipulative. Cassius shares his thoughts on Caesar, trying to convince Brutus that Caesar is a weak ruler who doesn’t deserve the power and fame he has. This scene takes place right before Antony offers Caesar the crown three times, and Caesar refuses every time. A soothsayer has recently warned Caesar to “beware the ides of March” and act carefully because some people don’t want him to rule Rome. Throughout Cassius’ speech, Shakespeare uses imagery, similes, metaphors, and allusion to reveal and demonstrate Cassius’ manipulative nature.
So much so that he’s so jealous of Caesar that he is willing to kill him in order to gain more power for himself, this being the conflict. Both the theme of Ambition and Conflict and the Motif of Politics and Power clearly shows that the Lens is true because, in Scene two, Brutus was really empowered and given
Brutus’ emotional wound ultimately deals with his internal conflict of the decision to kill Caesar in order to better Rome. In addition, he deals with such difficulty over the decision because his reason to kill Caesar does not come out of hatred or jealousy, but due to his fear of life under Caesar’s rule. In Act I, scene ii, lines 39-40, Brutus says, “Merely upon myself. Vexéd I am / Of late passions of some difference” (Shakespeare 848).
Claudius possesses all the qualities of a villain: ambition, greed, jealousy, selfishness,dishonesty,tyranny. He does not hesitate before he kills his brother being driven by jealousy and power thirst. Claudius is an example of the monstrous-like people of the society becauseClaudius commits the biggest of dishonesty: towards his own blood. The problem with Claudius is that between honesty and betrayal he chooses betrayal, between love and selfishness he would go for selfishness. All that selfishness causes his life to lack love and that is what leads him to destruction.
Saying their names are just as nice to write and say sparks the idea in Brutus ' head to lower his standards of Caesar. This shows that a name is just a name and one should not be proclaimed over the other. Comparing names helps Brutus forget about any high pedestal that Caesar stands on since everyone has this one thing that makes them who they are. This displays Caesar to be an average person, helping Brutus to think about being just as equal as him. Using parallelism emphasizes them to be alike since this rhetorical device is used to be a balance in a sentence.
The Funeral Speech of Julius Caesar In Williams Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Antony has a more successful speech than Brutus because Antony appeals to the desire of the Romans. Antony uses sarcasm and verbal irony but Brutus decides to use rhetorical devices. Brutus uses gravitas and his honor but Antony does not. Also, Antony decides to use pathos to appeal to the Romans emotions, but Brutus chooses to use logos. Antony uses sarcasm, pathos, and verbal irony because those appeal to the Romans greed and envy, causing him to make the Romans go against Brutus.
In the tragedy, Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare. The powerful individuals in this play use rhetoric to control the people around them and cause these people to complete tasks they cannot,but these uses of rhetoric unleash a chaos that cannot be regressed with words. The insidious,not-so transparent character Antony unleashes chaos with his use of rhetoric because he causes commoners that are not very strong willed to kill an innocent man after he describes the good wholesome nature he has inside , another character’s use of rhetoric that unleashed chaos is a jealous fickle natured man Cassius causing an impressionable man Brutus to kill Caesar; Rome’s unjust ruler. When Cassius is speaking to Brutus in the hope of adding him to his group
He acted on greed, hatred, and jealousy instead of having the good of Rome in mind. Author, Donald Wasson, finds that several of the senators, including Cassius, who were involved in the conspiracy against Caesar were “friends and supporters of Pompey who sought both high office and profit” in his article The Murder of Julius Caesar (Wasson). Cassius did not care about what Caesar was doing or would do to Rome with his power, instead he only worried about having power over everyone else. He told Brutus about Julius Caesar’s disabilities and commented about his amazement that “a man of such a feeble temper should so get the start of the majestic world and bear the palm alone” (I.ii.131-133). Cassius never wanted to be below or feel less than anybody.
Cassius influenced Brutus to conspire against Caesar by stating, Caesar “is now become a god… and his name has been sounded more than [Brutus’s]” (Act 1, Scene 2, Line 118-145-6). Cassius’s arguments convinced Brutus in proving Caesar's murder would be just, but Caesar’s death is unjust because he is being murdered out of Brutus and Cassius’s jealousy. Both of the individuals are envious of the power that Caesar is being given by the people of Rome and want to end his life before they will lose their own power in the senate after Caesar becomes king. Brutus’ naive mind was easily convinced by Cassius that Caesar was not the best choice to assume the Roman throne because he would not listen to their political thoughts.
“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies while still alive.” This quote by 2pac relates to the tragedy of Julius Caesar. Caesar had so much potential and did many things for Rome. Caesar was murdered for the sole fact that others were afraid of a tyrant running Rome.
Gene begins to take all of Finny’s actions as deliberate sabotages because his envy was controlling him. Gene seemed like a weak character because of his jealousy. It made him seem like he wasn’t as good as Finny or that he was lacking personality or talent. Once the realization came to Gene that Finny indeed did not feel anything but love for him, everything changed. This is when all of the mixed emotions surfaced.
The stirring use of pathos here makes the audience feel not only for him, but for all others in similar situations. Staples suggests that knowing how many people view him, as a felon, would drive anyone to insanity unless they found a way to contend. The people who assume the worst in others because of their race have created the rage that Staples and many others feel. Learning how Staples and other black men suffer will insight the audience to stop judging people in this
Pathos, is persuasion using emotion and a lot of people use pathos to persuade someone into doing something they want. When Cassius tries to persuade Brutus into thinking that he is just as good as Caesar, he announces that he is going to forge signatures from several citizens, in his soliloquy. Soliloquies reveal inner thoughts and feelings out loud, when no one else is able to hear. Doing this will let Brutus to see that he, himself, is just as good as Caesar and any other Roman. Having that would build the confidence in Brutus, allowing him to stand up to Caesar and plan the attack on him much more easily.
Shakespeare in his time was viewed as a historian, that is why it can be seen that his play has such a historical appeal to it. His facts for the most part, are facts, and what he fictionalizes doesn't impact that history that has already occurred. He demonstrates intimate conflicts between the characters and really brings the reader in full circle to the events of the time of the play. In William Shakespeare's the Tragedy of Julius Caesar, manipulation is used in oratory, drives wills, and is seen in specific characters as a perspective for the political and social settings of Caesar’s Rome.
There are a lot of different themes that could be used to describe the play of Julius Caesar. Power is a big part of the play and is probably the best theme of it. Throughout the play, power has a big impact on the story line and the way the story goes. It is evident to the conspirators that Julius Caesar is headed for absolute power; he becomes a threat to the ideals and values of the Roman Republic. They assassinate Caesar before he can be crowned king.