Julius Caesar Essay: Decision Making in Julius Caesar

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Decision Making in Julius Caesar

 

Making the right decisions is an ongoing struggle for man, because making decisions is never easy, and the wrong decision can lead to endless perils. Decisions must be made when dealing with power, loyalty, and trust. Yet, unlike other decisions, ones that are about these three fields are the most important, due to the risk involved, and because of the consequences that might follow.

 

Power- power is the complete domination of others, and since all men want to dominate those around them, power is valued as one of the most important possessions. Power is highly sought after, thus the correct decisions must be made to obtain it, and this is clearly proven by Shakespeare's "Julius
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This is because of his quest for power, it blocks his normal thought process, and sense of reasoning, causing him to make irrational decisions. The two characters with the most power, Brutus and Caesar, do not make very wise decisions, and that is why neither of them survive. Loyalty goes hand-in-hand with power, and one that has trouble balancing his power is sure to have problems with loyalty.

 

Loyalty is one of the feelings that is used the most in Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar", this is shown by the numerous people that are loyal to either Caesar or Brutus. Having followers that are 100 percent loyal is imperative. "When Caesar says 'Do this,' it is performed." Caesar's decision to recognize Antony's loyalty is very wise, since it will be Antony who eventually avenges Caesar's death. People can change who they are loyal to in a brief instant. "Live, Brutus, live, live!" The citizens of Rome are angry with Brutus for killing Caesar, but after a short speech they have forgotten about Caesar, and are now praising Brutus. Brutus' decision to let Antony speak last is a costly one, he should have realized how vulnerable the crowd is, and that they are easily influenced. Loyalty must be kept on the correct level for it to be useful. "Good night, my lord." Cassius' shows loyalty to Brutus, yet unlike Antony he does not take his loyalty to extremes. Loyalty must be kept on an

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