Is it justified to kill someone because they have gained too much power and are going to use it for the worse? Brutus has a very bad circumstance on his hands, he can kill Caesar and possibly be executed for his actions or he can let Caesar become king and watch Rome fall. There are many reasons why Brutus should and should not join the conspiracy. Brutus says, “I know no personal reason to spurn at him But for the general.” (II,i,11).
Fly, good Fleance, fly, fly, fly! / Thou mayst revenge. O slave!” (3.3.25-26). Because Macbeth did not want Banquo’s prophecy of coming from a line of Kings, he orders men’s to kill Banquo but also Fleance too, for the reasons that if Banquo dies Fleance would become King, however, Fleance got away.
Samantha Durand 27 October 2015 Dunipace 4th Julius Caesar Essay Brutus is the Tragic Hero William Shakespeare wrote “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar” to tell the story of the tragedy that happened to him. When Caesar was going to become king, his own friends turned into conspirators against him. Since the conspirators said that Caesar would abuse the power of being king, they decided to murder him for the sake of the Roman people.
Julius Caesar, a tragic play written by William Shakespeare, centers around the assassination of Caesar with the context of incidents that triggers the murder and the exploration of the aftermath for the conspirators. A succession of ambitious men tries eagerly to acquire the absolute power to rule over the enormous Roman Empire, yet Caesar is the only one who seemingly succeeds. However, his ambition and triumph over Pompey intimidate those who favor democracy and dread Caesar might abuse his power to become a tyrant. As a direct result, those citizens in the name of Roman’s good and justice sake form a conspiracy to assassinate Caesar together. By attempting to persuade more people to participate, the adversaries of Caesar employ animal imagery to reveal Caesar 's ambition and danger.
Brutus uses pathos in order to pull on the emotions of the crowd, so many of the people can believe that killing Caesar was the right thing to do. “Had you rather Caesar were living and die all slaves, than that Caesar were dead,to live all free men?” As Brutus says this in his speech he is trying to appeal to the emotions of the people who don’t agree with killing Caesar. When he says this he wants to make it sound as if it would be Roman-like to kill him, which could gain the attention of some of the crowd. “Who here is so vile that will not love his country?”
If the assassination Could trammel up the consequences, and catch With his surcease success; that but this blow Might be the be-all and the end-all here, But here, upon this bank and shoal of time, We’d jump the life to come. But in these cases We still have judgement here…” (Macbeth 1.7.1-8). Macbeth passes back and forth trying to justify his reason for killing Duncan.
Macbeth struggles with whether he should kill the King or not, and I believe that killing the King is the worst thing that he could do. Macbeth even says, “that we but teach bloody instructions, which, being taught return, to plague the inventor” (1.7.11-13). The quote is basically saying that if Macbeth chooses to kill the King to gain power then others who are seeking power will do the same thing. Macbeth could gain power and control after the King’s death.
But I saw the pain and difficulty it caused Brutus, to even think about killing Caesar. For when Cassius was persuading Brutus to join the conspiracy against Caesar, Brutus said " I do fear for the people Choose Caesar for their king... Cassius, yet I love him well" (JC. I. 2. 85-89). Brutus felt that if Caesar had been given power he would act irrationally and would only look after his own welfare.
Brutus explains how they must kill Caesar to stop him from making Rome a dictatorship. HE also says that they cannot kill Mark Atony or they will look like they are stone hard killers to the community instead of them wanting to look like hero’s. This is what Caesar said to Brutus as he stabbed him which lead to his death. Brutus was one of Caesars beast friend and when he betrayed Caesar it was even bigger of a deal
Macbeth was always power-hungry as soon as he found out that he can kill Duncan , his first thoughts about it was “My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, Shakes so my single state of man ,That function is smother 'd in surmise, and nothing is but what is not.” Macbeth’s first thought after realising that he can be a king was to murder Duncan, That indicates that Macbeth always wanted to kill King Duncan to take the throne and when Lady macbeth got the letter from his husband explaining that the witches prophesied him saying that he can be a king the first thing that came in her mind was to kill Duncan and take over. She also talks about Macbeth always wanted to do it but he isn’t man enough to do this task “ Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be ,What thou art promised.
• In the play ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare, ambition is characterised as dangerous and irrational. To have an ambition is to have a strong desire to achieve something, in the play Macbeth himself has a strong desire to become king, causing him to act irrationally and certifiably insane. Macbeths ambition is dangerous as he believes the only way to become king (after hearing the witches prophecy) is to murder King Duncan. Macbeth believes that Duncan’s death will bring him success he believes it to the point of being willing to risk his life, ‘we’d jump the life to come’ (I.VII.7). Lady Macbeth’s ambition is for Macbeth to become king and for them as a couple to have more power.
But for the general. He would be crowded. How might change his nature, there’s the question… And therefore think him as a serpent’s egg, which hatched, would as his kind grow mischievous, and kill him in the shell.” Here Brutus is saying that he is like a growing evil mastermind and needs to be put to rest at once (Shakespeare 2.
All throughout history we have seen numerous assassinations of heads of state. Most of these assassinations can trace their cause to a disagreement with a certain person or group of people. While we can say that assassinations such as Abraham Lincoln’s was not justified for it was dealt at the hands of a man who was enraged at the President’s idea to allow African Americans to vote, the case is different in Julius Caesar. Here, we see a man in a position to become an extremely powerful ruler of Rome and once he is assassinated the question becomes: was it justified? I believe that the assassination of a head of state can be justified, specifically in reference of Julius Caesar, because of Caesar’s greed, his selfishness, and the danger that he poses to Rome.