William Shakespeare 's ' Julius Caesar '

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Kelton Cudjoe Miss Walters AP Language and Composition 2/5/15 In William Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar, the main character, Marcus Brutus, is faced with the dilemma of a morally ambiguous situation and the discrepancy between a personal desire and a public duty. Like most literature, in general, the protagonist has to deal with an internal conflict and external conflict. This is a cliché situation because Brutus ends up undergoing a dramatic change, with the plot going from order to chaos, as in a tragedy, with a reversal of fortune bringing about the downfall of the protagonist, usually an exceptional individual, as a result of a tragic flaw in his personality. He has to choose between if it is cold-blooded murder of his best friend because of the jealousy of another man or the death of a tyrant for the greater good of a society. Brutus initially starts the play as a noble prominent figure of Rome. Even though he remains a powerful figure of Rome, He ends the play dark and cynical. He is portrayed as honest and patriotic, which the conspirators use to draw him into the plot of killing Caesar, Making him feel that it is necessary to the public. The first instance in his change is in Act 1, Scene 2 when Brutus and Cassius are talking in private. “turn the trouble of my countenance, Merely upon myself. Vexèd I am, Of late with passions of some difference, Conceptions only proper to myself, Which give some soil perhaps to my behaviors…Into what dangers would you lead me,
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