For anyone that has found their way to Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, they know it is pretty easy to get caught up in a range of different emotions, ranging from anger, all the way to revengeful. At times, I found myself cringing at only the thought of some of these characters, and with others, I found myself secretly rooting for them. Through these emotions, we tend to develop certain feelings towards the different characters, whether it be a certain liking or disliking towards them. Personally, I had quite the difficulty depicting from who I thought deserved to be titled as the best and who deserved to be labeled unhonorable. Though through looking over and analyzing this play, I have found my reasonings as to who reins my favorite and who stands on the opposing side.
From the very start of this play, I had developed a liking for Mark Antony. Maybe I had developed this liking because Antony was said to be a loyal servant to Caesar. It also might have been the fact that through his actions, he helped Caesar to be where he was, which was in a very high place of the public. Antony stood by Caesar’s side during any hardship that he faced, and I find that to be a highly respectable trait in a person. From the moment the play had began, Not only was Antony a great servant to Caesar, but he was a fantastic friend to him as well. In fact, even after Caesar had died, Antony still proved his loyalty towards Caesar, going all the way into defeating the entire conspiracy with Caesar’s
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In the determination of whether Julius Caesar was an intelligent, political hero or an egocentric, dictating villain, it is important to look at all of the facts. Born in 100 B.C.E. and assassinated in 44 B.C.E., Julius Caesar was legendary. He along Pompey, and Crassus created the first unofficial Triumvirate which was negotiated to appease both the Roman citizens and the power hungry rivals. Still, this agreement would not last long. After Pompey’s wife, Julia Caesar and daughter of Caesar’s daughter given to Pompey to establish the Trimvirate, dies in childbirth, civil war breaks out as Caesar leads his army against Rome. He fights until Pompey is murdered in Egypt. As Rome is “shattered,” Julius Caesar one person should rule. He
Throughout history, questions have arose about when it is right to kill someone. There are usually two sides to this argument: it is never right to kill someone, or it is better to kill one person and save thousands of lives than to risk the death of thousands of people. In Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, it can be argued that Caesar truly did deserve to die for various reasons. In Julius Caesar, Caesar deserved his fate because had many physical weaknesses, was too power-hungry and egotistical, and would have ultimately hurt Rome more than helped it.
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar can be interpreted in multiple ways when it comes to who the characters are and if the name holds true. An immense amount of people would say that the conspirators are the antagonists while Mark Antony is the protagonist. Others may say it was only Cassius who was the antagonist. Many readers believe that the name of the play is completely wrong and William Shakespeare messed up. There are numerous amounts of evidence for each concept. As it does for many, my idea of who was who in the play varied as I continued to read on. Opinions may differ, but I believe the protagonist is Brutus while the antagonist is Mark Antony and the name holds true to the play.
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.
Who was Julius Caesar? Julius Caesar accomplished many things in his day, which most would consider unbelievable. He has been considered a tyrant or dictator, and some believe he was one of the world’s greatest politician. In this paper we will compare the textbook and documentation that was written around 44 B.C.E the time of his death. The documents are considered to be “primary sources”, because of the timeframe in which they were written. To get a grasp on whom, Julius Caesar really was, we need to not only dive into the primary sources, but we need to view his accomplishments. By analyzing his accomplishments, textbook, and the primary sources we can better understand just how Julius Caesar was portrayed during his reign.
A death of a hero; the fate chosen for the protagonist in most dramatic tragedies. Though, in William Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’, there are two characters that are given this outcome; Julius Caesar and Marcus Brutus. With the most potential, the self-titled, Julius Caesar possesses the characteristics that label him as this Tragic Hero. Caesar’s tragic flaw is hubris when he acknowledges himself. The insight of others that observe Caesar, prove his high ranking. Caesar also struggles with internal conflict when he makes key decisions in the play. By examining his tragic flaw, high rank, and internal conflict, Julius Caesar is clearly the tragic hero in this tragedy.
The Shakespearean play featuring a man being stabbed 23 times to death, “Julius Caesar,” is quite unique in many perspectives, because unlike most plays, this play has a plot that deals with controversial events, leaving the bulk of the readers in a state of ambiguity and division. The scene where Julius Caesar was stabbed is ambiguous, because it is a good thing for the people, but the way he was murdered is much too brutal. Whether or not Brutus should have joined the conspiracy to kill Caesar divides the audience, since it is unclear if it was beneficial or detrimental to the people of Rome. The audience is also divided on their perception of Caesar, due to his actions that could be interpreted as both arrogance or confidence. These three points demonstrate that the play’s flexible plot line opens itself up for the audiences’ own interpretation.
The Senate of the Roman Republic are the ruling power over most of the known world. Yet this powerful and influential senate is easily threatened by one man; Julius Caesar. To the senators Caesar is the catalyst for the downfall of a Republic they had worked so hard to create and protect. The playwright William Shakespeare dives into this world of betrayal and ambition with his play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. Using his voice as a writer he takes the audience into Rome and lets them experience each riveting moment of Caesar’s fall. The play shows that Caesar is not the cause of Rome’s eventual downfall, but the senators who conspire against him and ultimately kill him are the ones reprehensible. Shakespeare introduces the
A villain is described as “a cruelly malicious person who is involved in or devoted to wickedness…” (“Villain.” Dictionary.com, Dictionary.com, www.dictionary.com/browse/villain?s=t.). In the play, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare, Caesar is killed by Brutus, his best friend, and other conspirators due to them being envious of Caesar, and because “he was ambitious” (JC, 3.2. 28). After Caesar’s death, Antony avenges Caesar’s death when he said his funeral oration speech and got all the citizens to see that Caesar did not deserve to die. Both Antony and Brutus have villainous and heroic traits; however, Brutus is more villainous than Antony, because he went behind Caesar’s back and killed him.
William Shakespeare's play, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, is generally focused on the assassination of Julius Caesar. Caesar valued Rome highly and did not have any intentions of abusing personal power. On the other hand, Brutus and Cassius craved power and their way of pursuing it was to assassinate Caesar. Moreover, Brutus feared that Caesar would rule as a tyrant which, he thought, would not be best for Rome. Brutus supposedly foresaw that Caesar would rule, but not with the desire to treat his people fairly.
Despite consistent evidence, it is often difficult to determine the true character of an individual. As such, it is essential to explore a series of different sources and perspectives. However due to numerous circumstances, these perspectives are often manipulated and rendered inaccurate, emphasising the need to instead judge an individual’s character through their actions. With this in consideration, historians both modern and ancient, agree that Julius Caesar was a successful leader due to his extensive military achievements and ability to manipulate certain aspects of the Roman political system.
“Who is the real protagonist in Julius Caesar?” The two options we are presented with are Brutus, and Julius Caesar himself. Although the play is centered around the murder of Julius Caesar, I believe that Brutus is the real protagonist. Not only does Brutus have much more stage time than Julius Caesar, but his internal struggle also makes up the main part of the plot. Then, the play only ends right after Brutus committed suicide. For Julius Caesar, his main part in the play is being murdered, his corpse at his funeral, and later reappearing as a ghost to Brutus. That leaves the title of the play as Caesar’s main advantage in the never-ending “War of the Roles.”
In Machiavelli’s novel “The Prince” it gives a brief theory to how leaders should rule or control there land, government, and society. The novel explains that life is not a fairy tale, but a cruel place where only the careless succeed into to leadership by following his theory. The use of Machiavelli’s advice can be seen manifested in Shakespeare’s novel Julius Caesar where a character uses careless actions to take down Julius Caesar. In Julius Caesar, three characters show similar actions that represent many attributes used in Machiavelli’s novel The Prince. In this essay, the characters are compared upon there similar actions and what rules were used.
The fate of a nation determined by one man. With classic alliances and betrayals, the tale of Julius Caesar is still regarded as one of the greatest betrayals in human history. The fate of Rome was heading toward a dictatorship. Only the Roman Republic could stop Julius Caesar from ruling Rome. Little did the Roman Republic know that this assassination would later cause Octavian Caesar to become the first Emperor of the Roman Empire in 27 B.C.E. There is much to know about Julius Caesar. He was raised as a military man at a young age from his father who would eventually pass away on Caesar’s sixteenth birthday. He also created the first governing triumvirate (Roman Republic) in 60 B.C.E.
“Leadership is an opportunity to serve. It is not a trumpet call to self-importance”(Donald Walters). Julius Caesar was a ruler loved by most people. He was their leader longer than Rome's past leaders and eventually wanted the crown but never showed the people he wanted it. The people and Senate were ready to crown Caesar, but some people were jealous or scared of the power he cold possess if he had the crown. As a result, a group of people formed a conspiracy to assassinate Caesar. Along the story, Caesar was given many warnings about him going to the Senate, which is the place he will die. William Shakespeare’s play of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar is centered around Julius Caesar, who is so headstrong on his pride and judgement that he