Module C Elective 1: Conflicting Perspectives; Extended Response 1. How is the event, personality OR situation you have chosen represented in Julius Caesar? In Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, the murder of Caesar presents the controversy between the manipulation of Brutus by Cassius and the conspirators, sparking a conflict between who was responsible for the death and murder of Caesar. Although Brutus’ was the one to carry out the act of the murder, Cassius was the initiator and the mastermind, making us question who was accountable for the death or Caesar. When the soliloquy of Cassius in Act 1 Sc.
Some may ask, "Is Caesar a hero, or just an ignorant tyrant?" others ask "Were Brutus' intentions as pure as we thought?" I think in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare revealed the major character flaws of each individual in this play. As an example, Brutus loved Rome with a passion. But his love for Rome caused him to do something that not many other people would ever dream of doing.
In Act 1 of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Cassius, a noble Roman and acquaintance of Caesar's, uses persuasion techniques to persuade particularly Brutus into joining the conspiracy against Caesar. During scene 2, Cassius convinces Brutus that Caesar is not a good ruler, which shows Cassius is jealous of Caesar's overall rise to power. The tools of persuasion that Cassius uses are the following: he provides evidence, asks rhetorical questions, and gives false information. Cassius uses specific evidence to persuade Brutus that Caesar needs to be killed for the good of Rome. In order to do this, Cassius needs to persuade Brutus that Caesar is no better than any of them; consequently, Cassius criticizes Caesar's impression of immortality by telling Brutus a story of how one day he and Caesar went for a swim.
The Role of Manipulation in Political Gain In the play, Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare, Caesar is presented to be a hubristic ruler who is blinded by pride, which leads to his eventual death. Caesar’s hubristic qualities are exemplified when he simply ignores the omens from the Soothsayer and other loved ones who try to warn him of his ‘friends’ – the conspirators - and the ides of March. Caesar’s assassination is accomplished by a series of manipulations and self-conflictions that lead to the formation of conspirators consisting of Cassius and Brutus. When Caesar is killed, Antony convinces the conspirators that he believes in what they did and that eliminating Caesar was the best for the people and Rome. Antony is further granted permission to speak at Caesar’s funeral, where he then reveals his true intentions, displayed in the structure of his speech to the people, which results into, namely, chaos.
Contradictions in Brutus’ Character The central theme of the play ‘Julius Caesar’, authored by the celebrated dramatist William Shakespeare, is the conspiracy against Caesar, his assassination and the subsequent civil war between the pro-Caesar faction and the anti-Caesar faction, that causes much blood shed in the country. This is the precise political background which is set for the play. Caesar’s rising power and his popularity among the plebeians is of much concern to the Roman nobility. While a section of them is jealous of him, Brutus is worried that Caesar will rule the country in a tyrannical manner depriving the liberty of the subject. He is thinking of the common good and not the personal convenience.
In the play Julius Caesar quite a few characters demonstrate some or all of these qualities, one of them being Mark Antony. As a leader Antony is manipulative and morally wrong, he exhibits poor and untrustworthy conduct and after Caesar's death he is blinded by rage and begins to make a reputation for himself, some of it good, some of it evil. After Caesar's death, Antony's character begins to undergo a dramatic change that is very new and very evident to the reader. It is first shown in Act three, scene two; Brutus has just given his speech, he has managed to get the audience all hyped up and angry towards the dead man Caesar, that is when the humble and dumb jock that is Mark Antony arrives. His hands stained from Caesar's blood, his face wet with tears.
So, he is a failure in life. Based on what transpires in the play, let us analyze in detail, the nature of Brutus’ character. The principal architect of the conspiracy is Cassius. He thinks of enlisting the support of Marcus Brutus to give leadership to the faction against Caesar. The reason for the choice is that Brutus has a high standing in the Roman society, and the people are more likely to listen to what he says.
Cassius is all bent out of shape because he thinks Caesar is running around acting like a king. Without coming right out and saying so directly, Cassius (who has been plotting against Caesar with a group of conspirators) suggests that maybe Brutus should lead Rome. Brutus says he gets what Cassius is saying, but he is also good friends with Caesar, so he needs a little time to think about
In consideration of this, Brutus appears increasingly benighted as he attempts to exonerate himself of guilt during the time preceding Caesar’s death. Brutus’ ignorance would lead us to believe that ambition is a capital crime. All through this play, the villainous act of murder is portrayed as mercy killing, while Caesar is sacrificed for the sake of his aspiration to control Rome. In conclusion, the
In what ways does the funeral oration scene (including the actual assassination) capture the differing perspectives of Antony, Brutus and Cassius? Comment on how Shakespeare represents this conflict. Antony Cassius – “I Wish we may. But yet have I a mind that fears him much, and my misgivings still falls shrewdly to the purpose.” Cassius understands that Antony is a devote subject of Caesar and he fears that he is scheming revenge or plotting against them. Cassius – “Will you be pricked in number of our friends?