Shakespeare's Julius Caesar and Sophocles' Antigone

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Many characters showed such traits in Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare and Antigone by Sophocles (for example, Brutus being known as an "honorable man" even by his enemies), but of all the characters in both plays, Antigone's and Antony's acts of nobility are most prominent. While both Antigone and Antony exhibited noble characteristics, Antigone demonstrated the most honorable character due to her good intentions and integrity. Antony did not have such an elite status in his play up until Caesar died, but many peasants called Antony noble throughout Julius Caesar. For example, they said, "There's not a nobler man in Rome than Antony," (Shakespeare 3.2.114). Thus, Antony was considered noble even by the common man. His noble reputation was further established by his devout commitment to Caesar. Antony's loyalty to Caesar is first made apparent when he offers Caesar the crown. Casca exclaimed, "I saw Mark Antony offer him a crown," (Shakespeare 1.2.236-237) which is a simple gesture with a powerful message. It shows the people that Antony is no foe to Caesar and wishes to see his friend succeed as leader. No jealousy or scheme to overthrow Caesar was hinted at by Antony. Moreover, he vouched to die when Caesar did: "I shall not find myself so apt to die; No place will please me…
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