Human nature causes people to behave in extreme ways; for example, the envy of another’s power may result in bloodshed. The ancient Romans had three men, the triumvirate, rule the people. The triumvirate in William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar consisted of Julius Caesar, Pompey, and Marcus Crassus; however, after the deaths of Pompey and Crassus Julius Caesar became the sole ruler of Rome. Caesar belonged to the Populists Party and ruled for the commoners, which angered the other senators. Marcus Brutus, the leader of the conspirators, believed he needed to kill Caesar before he became emperor for the good of the people.
He came for his good friend Caesar. As Antony began his speech, he does not discredit Brut... ... middle of paper ... ...er the crowd by examples of irony and the power of repetitions like the ones above. After great uses of irony, rhetorical question, and slight use of antistrophe Antony told the people who murdered their beloved Caesar. Brutus mistake was he made his point to vague that the people of Rome barely had an understanding of Caesar. Brutus mentions how Caesar was ambitious and why he deserves to die.
Caesar was the absolute power but because Rome had experienced a cruel tyrant Tarquin who enslaved the Romans, everyone was scared of this happening again. The role of the common people was important as if they offered light relief for the audience but more importantly provided the key for avenging Caesars death. Brutus and Mark Antony knew that the crowd could be manipulated and exploited this using various but subtle techniques which influenced the crowd. When the conspirators killed Caesar Brutus and Mark Antony made speeches about Caesar and the event of the killing. Brutus went first and used "Romans, countrymen and lovers" He puts Romans first as he killed Caesar for the good of Rome.
He does this to convince the people that they should not be offended by him because he killed Caesar, as he does this with Rome’s best interest at heart. Antony lists “Friends, Romans, countrymen”-(Line 70). Brutus lists “Romans, countrymen, and lovers”-(Line 13); starting with “Romans”-(Line 13) this prevails his fatal flaw of loving Rome too much. This contrast shows that Antony is lowering his self standards ... ... middle of paper ... ... had stabbed him “You all do know his mantle... in this place ran Cassius’ dagger... what a rent the envious Casca made... through this the well-beloved Brutus stabbed.”-(Line 167-173). Finally Antony shows them Caesar’s dead body “Here is himself, marred, as you see, with tailors.”-(Lines 193), then he pulled the cloak and reveals Caesar’s body.
We are also able to see the flaws that he embeds. However, Caesar remains a mystery throughout the play as he is slain very early. Caesar enjoys being loved by the people and enjoys holding his status but Brutus wonders how the best power of Rome can be accomplished and turns to assassination and manipulation as it is the only method of removing Caesar. In general, Brutus is moral while Caesar is immoral. The play ends in a tragic way, as most of the main characters are assassinated or chose to die themselves.
Julia Caesar In the play Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare, one of the main characters, Brutus, is faced with a major problem. He has to decide whether or not to join the conspiracy, which is to kill his best friend Caesar or let him get crowned king. Thoughout the play he has to decide and his choice may effect Rome forever. Brutus decides to join the conspirators and help kill Julius Caesar. His actions show that he is a very patriotic, one who loves his country and upholds its interests, citizen of Rome.
Throughout the play, Brutus shows very knowledgeable, perceptive, and noble qualities toward the Roman Democracy. At first glance, Brutus is condemned for murdering his best friend, which is a hard concept to comprehend as being noble, but all that he did, he did for the good of Rome. Furthermore, Antony’s opinion of Brutus changes from pure despite and detestation, to honor, and respect, after he realizes the reasoning that Brutus had “‘Not that I loved Caesar less, but I loved Rome more./ Had you rather Caesar were living and die all slaves,/ Than that Caesar were dead and live all free men?’” (III.ii.21-22). This statement is spoken to the crowd, in regards to the assassination of Caesar. Here, Brutus is explaining to the people that he did not kill Caesar for his own personal gain, but for the good of Rome.
It shows through the things he did and through all of that you can say Brutus is the self-motivated hero of this play. Brutus is an honorable person in this play because of the way most people of Rome looked up to him and was proud of him. Brutus felt as if Caesar would cause issues for the people of Rome, and Brutus was a person willing to sacrifice for his people. I say this because he killed himself and Julius Caesar, the main problem for the people of Rome. Brutus was known for being a good man as well as a bad man.
The way Shakespeare wrote, it made Brutus seem like he did not want to harm Caesar. Gaius Cassius Longinus went to great measures to get Brutus to be on his side. It was essential to the plot for Cassius to have Brutus on his side because he was an honest and honorable man that many Romans trusted as well as admired. He carried out procedures like leaving letters for Brutus to discover and comparing Brutus to Julius Caesar to make Brutus think he was Caesar’s equal. The anonymous letters he left for Brutus were composed of degrading things about Caesar to make him come across as a very disliked man.
A specific example is his view on the Roman populace. Thinking all Romans are honorable and noble it is not only incorrect, but it plagues him until the very end of the play. One instance occurred as the conspirators were meeting. Brutus stated, Lets kill him boldly, but not wrathfully...... This shall make our purpose necessary and not envious.... (Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, 2.1.