The Pressue is On: The Impacts of Peer Pressure in Julius Caesar by Shakespeare

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Listening to peer pressure has the power to shift one’s fate. William Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar, demonstrates how pressuring a man to execute an atrocity will have a detrimental impact on his life. As a scheme forms to overthrow a rising emperor and his followers, the men in the conspiracy of murdering Caesar create more damage than value. Eventually, the rising tension to kill an upcoming ruler creates a downfall of the Roman Empire, a breaking of trust among companions, and the death of numerous men and women. The pressure present in Shakespeare's play has a drastic outcome on every character’s life (Crowther). Everyone in Rome appeared to have a deep fondness for the adventurous, potent, and supercilious Caesar. In the time period in which Julius Caesar took place, the power was split evenly among the court to which no single man could rule (Eastman), but Caesar was starting an uprising which had the potential to change the way authority was distributed. He was adored by everyone around him and seemed to be flocked with his admirers at any given time. Soon this got to the point where Antony offered him the crown to the throne. Eventually, Cornelius recognized the change in the way the government was functioning and started to become envious and bothered by the shift in power. Eventually, his own selfish ambition drives him to go to one of his closest companions, Brutus, to see if they could put an end to the chaos in the jurisdiction. At first, Brutus is

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