Shakespeare, William. “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar.” Elements of Literature: Kylene Beers. Austin: Holt, 2009. 842-963. Print.
From the absolute power of ancient kings and medieval monarchs to the tyrannical dictators of today, political corruption has been a persistent aspect of governed societies since their emergence early in human existence. In the quest for power, individuals create furtive conspiracies to overthrow governments and destroy policies. The presence of political corruption and conspiracy in Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar is prominent, as Brutus and Mark Antony conduct opposing conspiracies in relation to corruption in the Roman government. Shakespeare depicts Antony’s emotional drive, ability to set aside honor, and capacity to use manipulative language as additive to the strength of his conspiracy. These qualities allow his conspiracy to undermine Brutus and, in doing so, emphasize Brutus’ flaws of uncertainty, excessive accentuation of honor, and naïveté.
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar is one of great woe, but could it all have been avoided? In the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, the characters were warned of their downfalls through supernatural omens. Many of these characters either refused to or couldn’t see them. All the events leading up to Caesars death are predicted by characters such as his wife and a Soothsayer.
Leithart, Peter J. "History: Julius Caesar." Brightest Heaven of Invention: A Christian Guide to Six Shakespeare Plays. Moscow, Id.: Canon, 1996. N. pag. Print.
Julius Caesar, one of Shakespeare’s many plays, is about the death of the famous Roman Emperor, Julius Caesar. The story describes many monumental events before and after Caesar’s death, which are relatively accurate in regards to what historians know about the events of the time period. Because of this, the play is sometimes referred to as a history play. However, the character and plot developments cause many people to believe that the play should be classified as a tragedy instead of a history play. The ancient Greek philosopher, Aristotle, described a tragedy as a story in which a hero posses a tragic flaw, which will bring about their own downfall and death; though the hero dies, order is still restored, and the conflict of the plot is resolved. There is a degree of uncertainty over who the hero is play, and because of this uncertainty it is difficult to discern whether or not it qualifies as a tragedy. Caesar, more than likely, isn’t the hero because he dies very little, and does very little on his own to sway the progression of the plot. Antony could have been there hero, but if he were, the play would not be a tragedy, because he lives. If Brutus were the hero, the story would be a tragedy because he is of noble stature and takes actions, which bring about his own death. I believe that Julius Caesar is a tragedy because Brutus, the tragic hero, is flawed by his ability to be manipulated, which eventually causes conflict that leads to his own death, though order is restored in the end; this is reinforced by events in the plot, by the traits of the characters, and by the use of thought to say what other characters think of themselves and of each other.
Caesar was the powerful ruler of Rome. One of his dearest friends was a man named Marcus Brutus. Brutus was a loyal friend, and was always true to his country. But when Brutus is facing a dilemma in which case he is torn between the life of his friend and what is better for the city of Rome. With Brutus being a true Roman he chooses the death of his friend. With Brutus joining the conspirators, who are plotting against Caesar, they are now even more powerful and can influence the people easier. While all the conspirators stab Caesar in the back, Brutus is the only one to stab Caesar face to face. Marc Antony, Ocatavius, and Lepidus take over the triumvirate. Brutus and Cuis Cassuis took their troops in against Antony and his troops. This will be where Brutus’ death and tragic flaw take place.
In the play, Julius Caesar there's a man named Caesar. He thinks of himself as a Lord. A lot of people do not like Caesar because he killed a guy named pompey. These men called Conspirators strongly dislike Caesar and his actions so they all get together to plan Caesar's death. Two main conspirators are Cassius and Brutus. They both want Caesar dead but for two different reasons. Cassius
The plot that the conspirators had planned did not work and when they had to flee for their live, the terrible decision became more real to Brutus. Brutus listened to Cassius’s evil ways of talking him into joining the conspirators, then did not listen to his advice that was suppose to help him, Brutus, be successful. Cassius deceived Brutus and convinced Brutus that Caesar was no good and useless to Rome, but was really a lie to make sure Caesar never got crowned. Brutus, lost in his decision, killed Caesar with many others. He was easily lured into Cassius’s evil doings. Cassius is perceived as the leader of the killing, but Brutus does not listen to his so called “leader.” Although Cassius was not f...
Compare to modern society, the Romans seem extremely superstitious. But then today's major religions have all throughout their past discouraged, even combated, superstitions. Also present-day sciences and technological world allow little room for superstition. The Romans lived in an era previous to this. Their world was full of unexplained phenomena, darkness and fear. These characteristics affected every aspect of Roman life. To Romans, these superstitions were a perfectly natural part in the relationship between gods and men.
In William Shakespeare's action-packed play Julius Caesar, much plotting and deceitfulness run throughout the story. Caesar was killed by his so-called friends, many of who hated him and plotted against him. They had many reasons to hate him, including greed, fear, jealousy, distrust, and concern about his bad ruling practices. In Act I, Caesar was returning to Rome in victory after killing Pompey. People began to celebrate, only to be stopped by two friends of Marcus Brutus, who said they should be scared of what a bad ruler Caesar would be. In Act II, Cassius approaches Brutus and begins the work of convincing Brutus to join in plotting to kill Caesar even though Brutus was loyal to Caesar. In Act III, Cassius spoke with Casca about conspiring