15 December 2015
What is “Julius Caesar”? It was a play based on the death of Julius Caesar. This play was written by the playwright William Shakespeare. This play consisted, in my standpoint of writing this, two main characteristic of rulers. The question is what are the two main characteristics of rulers? The two main types of ruling characteristics that are expressed in this play are pragmatism and a man of principle. Now the question is what is better? A ruler that is a man of principle is better because this person is idealistic, has self-control, and is honorable.
In the play “Julius Caesar” an example of a pragmatic character would be Cassius, and an example of a character that is a man of principle would be Brutus. The qualities of this pragmatic person would start with jealousy. This is shown because Cassius is jealous of Caesar’s power. Then the next quality that is shown is being dishonorable. This is shown when Cassius is conning Brutus into his conspiracy using unjust methods. One last quality that is shown is that his pragmatic view causes war and corruption. His conspiracy meets its goals of killing Julius Caesar, but causes a civil war and a lot of the conspirators’ deaths including his own. As we have just seen from the previous sentences, the ruler that is pragmatic has a tragic ending.
On the other hand you have a ruler that is a man of principle. One quality that this ruler would have as a man of principle would be idealism. Someone that is idealistic is someone that pursues a high moral standard. This is said about Brutus in his speech; “No, not on oath. If not the face of men,/The sufferance of our souls, the time’s abuse-/If these be motives weak, brea...
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... a ruler that is a man of principle is better because this person would be idealistic, has self-control, and is honorable. This point comes out in the play “Julius Caesar” because the audience perceives Brutus to be the better character. Brutus was called honorable multiple times in the play, while Cassius is called jealous and greedy. That is why a ruler that is a man of principle would be better than a pragmatic ruler.
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