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Examples Of Political Conflict In Julius Caesar

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In William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, several political conflicts arise. Within these conflicts the protagonist, Marcus Brutus, finds himself on the threshold of betrayal and patriarchy. Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar is a tragic play, where the renowned Julius Caesar is on the brink of achieving total control and power by becoming emperor of the Roman Empire. Ironically enough, when he thinks he is one step away from accomplishing this, his "friends" (most from the senate) decide to overthrow him, with Caesar's most trusted friend, Marcus Brutus, acting as leader of the conspirator. Though the fall of Caesar from the most powerful man in the world to a man who's been betrayed and stabbed 30 times is a great downfall, he is not the tragic…show more content…
It is proven throughout the play that Brutus and Cassius have individual reasons for the murder of Julius Caesar. While Cassius is envious of Caesar and his power, Brutus makes his reasons apparent and that he will never become an over confident leader like Caesar. Brutus never felt right about his decision to kill Caesar afterwards; and when he realized that he had indeed acted inappropriately, in act 5 scene 5, he used the knife that he plunged into Caesar to take his own life, out of a sense of obligation. When Brutus believes his time has come, he vocalizes it by stating, “Why this, Volumnius: the ghost of Caesar hath appeared to me two several times by night. At Sardi’s once, and this last night here in Philippi fields, I know my hour has come.” (232). He did what others were unwilling to do: when he realized he could do no better than his predecessor, and that he was harming his countrymen through his rule, he removed himself from power. Brutus acts like a true hero when he admits that killing Caesar did not have the outcome that he had originally planned, and again, makes the ultimate sacrifice to restore order to
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