While reading, it was thought to keep in mind: does the end justify the means? Brutus’s action had caused his own downfall in the end of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar and has proven that the end doesn’t justify the means. Brutus murdering Caesar had been looked upon as a bad and negative thing in the eyes of the Roman citizens. Although Brutus had thought killing Caesar was good for the Roman citizens and their rulings; it ended up not being a justified act in the end. Caesar had been betrayed by Brutus when he murdered him; while Caesar had trusted him and thought him as his right hand man.
William Shakespeare presents us with a prominent example of a tragic hero in his play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. Because they experience misfortune and loss, tragic heroes fall from a high status to a low, pitiful existence. This fall is brought about through mistakes and flaws in their own character. Brutus is one of the tragic heroes appearing in this work of literature. He begins as a popular senator in Rome’s democracy who plots to overthrow is superior.
By doing this, the crowd is starting to despise the conspiracy and their views towards Caesar. Antony uses his cunning tactics to convince the crowd that he does not want to harm the conspirators. However, in reality, the desire is to avenge Caesar, it makes Antony seem identical to a noble man. Antony rather chooses to wrong the dead than wrong, such honorable men. Antony appeals to the emotions of the crowd to influence their perceptions of the assassination and further manipulates the crowd through repetition, psychology, and rhetorical questions, “I should do Brutus wrong, and Cassius wrong—Who, you all know, are honorable
When learn that Brutus is dedicated to the public, when Brutus decides Caesar must die, because he fears his ambition, this comes as a big shock to the Shakespearian audience as well as the modern day audience. He had many positive qualities. I wish to bring these to a light and explore how they affected the plot. Brutus believes that his role in Cassius's assassination plot is for the good of Rome and the citizens. This becomes very obvious when he says, "But for the general.
Brutus believes he was thinking on behalf of Rome’s common good. The conspirators focus on Caesar’s hubris; therefore, forgot all the good that he had achieved. Caesar’s assassination cannot be justified because Brutus and Cassius kill him too soon to see if he would be a poor ruler like they believed.
Well, in Antony’s oration he did what he promised, not to point out who murder Caesar, however he wanted his fellow Romans to bring justice to Caesar and prove that Caesar was not ambitious but noble. Both men uses of rhetoric were superb and alike in a way that both men wanted to gain control over their fellow Romans and accused or defend Caesar’s creditability. However, in Antony’s oration his slight uses of figures of repetition, like the use of antistrophe, figures of address, rhetorical question, and figures of contrast, the use of irony, lead the people to the truth and turn them against Brutus by telling was noble and who was ambitious. Antony’s speech for the people was phenomenal because he first established for what reasons did he came for. He came for his good friend Caesar.
In the same way that Brutus’ responsible mind make’s him kill Caesar, Brutus’ mind make’s him argue with Cassius, because of Cassius’ immorality. He chooses to argue with Cassius, instead of ignoring the situation, because the responsibility of keeping people moral outweighs the passion of keeping good relations with Cassius. In the third example of Brutus’ conflict, he again chooses responsibility over passion. Brutus acts responsible by telling the other conspirators that Antony will have no power when Caesar’s dead. Brutus does not take the passionate road.
While Cassius provides many reasons as to why Caesar must be killed, Cassius’s true motive is simply anger and a need for revenge against Caesar. This means that Cassius’s actions cannot be justified in the end, if he was simply doing it for himself the entire time. However, many people think Brutus could be excused, since he thought that by killing Caesar, he would be keeping Rome safe and leaving Caesar uncorrupted. I do not think that even with the ‘noble reasons’ that Cassius gave would excuse Brutus for killing Caesar, simply becaus... ... middle of paper ... ...hods about halfway through the play. However, Brutus was morally sound, and was truly repentant for his actions.
In the play ‘Julius Caesar’ by William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, the Emperor of Rome, is murdered during the third Act. It has been suggested that power and the quest for power are the reasons behind his murder. Power is defined as a position of authority or control with the ability to do or act upon you will. The issue to be investigated is whether Brutus, Octavius and Antony became so corrupted in their quest for power that they killed Julius Caesar, so as to gain his power. It has also been suggested that ‘power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely’.
He knew that the power would go to his friend?s head eclipsing his reason and putting his beloved Rome into the hands of a tyrant. Brutus had a choice to make, Rome or Caesar? In the end, his loyalty to Rome exceeded his faithfulness to his close friend. Which poses the question, if Antony truly believed that Caesar would be a horrible dictator, would he have joined the conspirators? From his actions and behavior in the play, he probably would have stood by his friend.