Loyalty is synonymous with honesty, trustworthiness and honour. But if power is so close to your grasp, what would you do to get it? Good morning Mr Houghton and fellow students, today I will be speaking about how the concept of loyalty is shaped by Machiavelli’s “The Prince” as well as Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar,” and how being loyal to your country is different from being loyal to your leader, with conflicting loyalty, non-conflicting loyalty and loyalty to all.
Shakespeare the former famous playwright, poet, and actor is well-known for many famous plays even in modern times. As many of his works are timeless they contain ideas that are still relevant today. One being the idea of being self-determining, which is discussed as one of the main points in Julius Caesar. As we continue to analyse Shakespeare’s work we can see the effect of self determination caused by the influences in his age.
Centuries after the murder of a rising dictator, students, historians, and linguists alike continue to study the death of Julius Caesar as immortalized by William Shakespeare’s play, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. In this tragedy, Shakespeare examines the days preceding Caesar’s downfall, and the aftermath that ensues. The tragedy describes Marcus Brutus, a character with noble and honorable intentions, influenced by Cassius to support a conspiracy against an ambitious politician, Julius Caesar. Brutus, Cassius, and other conspirators succeed in ending Caesar’s life, but are forced to flee when Rome turns against them. Much controversy has arisen over who is the tragic hero of the play. A tragic hero is a noble character who, despite his greatness, is led to destruction by his own fatal flaw. Although many argue Brutus is the tragic hero due to his prominent role in the play and his heroic, yet flawed, character, Shakespeare remains justified in the naming of his play. In Shakespeare’s accurately titled tragedy, Julius Caesar, rather than Brutus, remains the tragic hero of the play due to his heroic qualities, his fatal flaw, and Brutus’ ineligibility as the tragic hero.
The driving forces in the play Julius Caesar are the characters Marcus Brutus, Julius Caesar, and Marc Antony. Julius Caesar is the center of the ordeal of leadership in Rome when the play begins. When Caesar returns to Rome he is looked upon by the fickle plebeians as a glorious and triumphant hero. The authority of his heroism is questioned when the honorable Marcus Brutus speaks to the townspeople during Caesar’s funeral. Brutus proves to be the better leader for Rome rather than Caesar or Antony. Brutus is wiser and more honorable than the other Romans. He was the only one truly looking out for the good of Rome and not himself.
The plethora of effort used to maintain a mob of many people is tremendous. This is displayed in The Tragedy Of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare through the portrayal of the characters of Julius Caesar and Brutus. Caesar and Brutus both showed how fear is better for leadership
Julius Caesar: A Hero “I love the name of honor, more than I fear death,” a quote said by one of the most famous Roman leaders named Julius Caesar. Julius Caesar was born in July 100 BC and he died on March 15, 44B.C. Caesar was a general, politician, and a dictator. Caesar was loved by many people for guiding them and providing safety for them, but he was also hated by a countless number of people. That hate ended up in him being murdered. He gave Rome hope for a better future and a promise of new land, jobs, and wealth. Caesar accomplished many things for his country like win many victories, developed the Julian calendar, and redistributed land to the poor. He used many different tactics and strategies to win his wars. Through brilliant military tactics, Julius Caesar, ruler of Rome from 49 B.C. to 44 B.C., guided the people of Italy and Rome to achieve many victories, allowing him to become a powerful ruler, hero, and inspiration and leaving a legacy that still shapes the world today.
In the play Julius Caesar, there is one tragic hero. Many people question who is the actual tragic hero. Know that a tragic hero is a hero with many good qualities but one tragic flaw that leads to their inevitable doom. People question whether Brutus is the tragic hero or if Caesar is the tragic hero. To end all arguments, the tragic hero of the play Julius Caesar is Caesar. He gave money to roman citizens in his will, but and his tragic flaw of being too ambitious that leads to his death of being stabbed 33 times.
In Scene 2, Act 3, Brutus and Antony both separately tell a speech about Caesar’s death and why it happened. Both are trying to sway the people in their favor, Brutus saying it was necessary while Antony explaining it was murder. Both uses pathos and ethos, their own reputations, to win the people over. Brutus, however, loses to Antony. Antony persuasive speech was more on the side of pathos than Brutus, leading to Brutus’s downfall.
Effectiveness of Patriotism Being Patriotic is a great thing until it goes bad. Over the course of the play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Brutus was a very impactful character. He was one of the main leaders of the conspiracy that killed Caesar. Brutus had a wife named Portia, who later in the play died. After the conspiracy killed Caesar, there were two speeches spoken one from Brutus and the other from Antony who was Caesar's right hand man. Soon after the death of Caesar, Brutus and Antony fought in a battle against each other. The battle lead to countless people left dead and Brutus kills himself. During the play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar written by William Shakespeare Brutus patriotism caused him to make decisions based on the good of Rome, not thinking of others’ thoughts, or opinions including his own.
Character Analysis on Antony and Brutus In the play, Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, the author frequently uses figurative language to persuade the people of Rome to listen to a certain character. For example my character, Antony, has many places in the play where he uses the techniques; ethos, pathos and logos to persuade or draw the audience to his side. “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears!” This is one of the most commonly known use of ethos in the funeral speeches. He uses this phrase to try to get into the Roman crowd’s hearts with his reputation as a trustworthy person. Antony uses pathos in his first speech saying that “He was my friend, faithful and just to me.” He shows that Caesar was a man who is trustworthy and was wrongfully killed. Logos is used to persuade someone. Antony uses a lot of facts throughout his funeral speech. One of them
Julius Caesar as a Tragic Hero The Ides of March mean much more than March 15th, it was also the day Julius Caesar, the Roman general and leader was killed. Although this day is not a holiday, we should take time to think of things Caesar didn’t on this fateful
As Warren Bennis, Founding Chairman of The Leadership Institute at the University of Southern California, once said, “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” This can be interpreted to mean that one can be classified as a leader if he or she can put a plan into action.
Julius Caesar is a man famous for his death, but his death was in fact the least exciting part of his life. Stretching from 100 BC to 44 BC, he accomplished much with his life as both a politician and ruler during a prosperous time of ancient Rome that he created. Julius Caesar was an admirable leader of ancient Rome that carried his fame into modern times because of his interesting early life, ways as a military leader, and time as dictator.
There are certain traits that make someone a great leader. Said traits range from valiance or courage, not being easily dissuaded or deterred. These attributes can almost guarantee success in any environment, such as a government or in a military standpoint. Therefore if one lacks in these traits, failure is tantamount for not only themselves, but also the ones under their leadership. In Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, the character Brutus portrays this situation almost perfectly. In the tragedy, it plays out the events leading to Julius’ death, the assassination itself, and the following turmoil. In the beginning, the original leader of the assassination, Cassius, tries tirelessly to persuade Brutus to understand the misdeeds and shortcomings
Julius Caesar is a work of art by William Shakespeare in 1599. Within this play Julius Caesar is portrayed as a tragic hero. A tragic hero is defined as “the main character of a tragedy [who is] usually dignified, courageous, and high ranking” (novel study guide). Also vital to defining a tragic hero is that, “the hero’s downfall is caused by a tragic flaw” ( novel study guide). It is very evident that Julius Caesar in William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar is a tragic hero given that he is of noble stature, has a fatal flaw and comes to an unhappy end.