Julius Caesar as the Noblest Roman of Them All

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Julius Caesar as the Noblest Roman of Them All

In William Shakespeare's " Julius Caesar" the victorious Mark Antony

calls his rival Brutus, "the noblest Roman of them all". At the start

of the play we witnessed Cassius persuade Brutus to join a conspiracy

to kill Caesar.

In my essay I intend to discuss four main characters in order to prove

or disapprove Mark Antony's statement.

The play starts off with Julius Caesar entering Rome after his victory

in the civil war against Pompey. Some of the conspirators feel that

Caesar has become too powerful so they conceive a plan to kill him. A

conspirator named Cassius throws flattering letters through the loyal

Brutus's window saying that he should be emperor of Rome.

On the 'Ides of March' the conspirators and Caesar all meet at the

Senate House. That is when all the conspirators kill Julius Caesar one

by one.

After seeing Caesar's body Mark Antony, Caesar's associate, plans

revenge for Caesar's killing. Antony then plans an alliance with

Octavious. The play ends with Mark Antony winning the battle against

the devious Cassius and the vulnerable Brutus.

The character I firstly intend to discuss is Caesar because this is

the character who the play evolves around. Caesar first enters the

play after his victory in the civil war against Pompey. Mark Antony

offered the crown to Caesar three times. As Caesar was walking through

the streets of Rome, in act 1, a Soothsayer approached him and told

him to "Beware the Ides of March". Caesar was a superstitious man but

took no notice of the Soothsayer. However on the Ides of March

Calphurnia, Caesar's wife, Had had a disturbing dream tha...

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...lso very obedient. At the start

Antony offered Caesar the crown three times. After Brutus had

justified the killing of Caesar to the crowd, Antony was still able to

turn the crowd against Brutus and Cassius, which proves that Antony is

an excellent public speaker. When Antony, Octavious and Lepidus were

preparing for battle, Antony and Octavious decide to kill Lepidus so

that they can share power. Antony and Octavious win the battle and

Antony declares that Brutus was the noblest Roman of them all. "And

say to all the world 'This was a man' ".

As we see all four characters in Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" all had

character flaws. Cassius acted out of envy, was easily made angry and

was clearly scheming. However, his manipulative tactics with Brutus at

the beginning of the play were clever and to an extent successful.
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