Julius Caesar Marc Antony in Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar was murdered by Brutus despite Brutus’s allegations of Caesar’s quest for dictatorship status and supports his argument by manipulating the people’s emotions. Antony’s purpose is for the people to mourn for their lost leader through Brutus’s lies so that they would seek revenge on him. Antony speaks in a driven but sarcastic tone for the citizens of Rome. Marc Antony persuaded the people using pathos, ethos, and logos. In regards to their leaders murder, the Romans turned against the senate, there for Antony’s speech was more persuading than Brutus’s.
Shakespeare presents conflicting perspectives about the event as both an act of brutal murder and an act for the greater good of rome in Act 3 Scene 1. Shakespeare uses Brtuu’s perspective to religiously justify the act, conveyed through the highly symbolic imagery “let us bathe our hands in caesars blood up to our elbows”. This graphic action on stage is highly confronting for his audience, encouraging them to question the reasoning behind the assassination. This is immediately followed by Anotony’s soliloquy; here he is positioned on stage with caesars body, a prop which allows him to maniulate the crowd to transgress from Brutus perspective of the killing as a divine sacrifice to ac act of meaningless butchery. He undermines Brutus, conveyed through his lamenting tone “thou art the ruins of the noblest man” to further challanege the perspective that caesars thirst for power was a threat to the roman republic.
Brutus was an honorable man in the eyes of the Roman people. He refused to swear under oath when Cassius says they should in order to honor their determination. Brutus refuses because he knows how hard it is to keep an oath and thought the oath might not be in favor of Rome later on. “To think that our cause or our performance / Did need an oath; when every drop of blood / That
Diverse and provocative insights are created through conflicting perspectives evident in Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” and Kennedy Miller’s “Bodyline”. “Julius Caesar” explores conflicting perspectives on power and leadership of Caesar, Brutus, and Cassius whilst “Bodyline” creates conflicting perspectives from Jardine, Larwood, Warner and Bradman on the controversial test cricket series. “Julius Caesar” centres on the assassination of the Roman Ruler Julius Caesar and the conquest of power of those that were around him. Caesar’s belief in his own power conflicting with the others is expressed for example in the opening scene of Act III. Artemidorus tries to give Caesar his scroll which would warn him of the tragedies of his existence in the Capitol, but Caesar retaliates by
As a tragic hero, Brutus maintains noble intentions throughout the play. Grabbing at any opportune moment, Brutus desirably protects the Roman Republic from becoming corrupt and ruled by dictatorship. Cassius and other conspirators felt that Caesar’s ambition and tyrannical ruling reflects upon a dangerous outcome for future Rome. Persuaded by Cassius’s hatred of Caesar’s immediate gain in power and acknowledgement, Brutus constructs a plan for the assassination of Caesar. He greatly fears that “the people// [will] choose Caesar for their king” (I.ii.78-79).
If Brutus wasn’t honorable, he wouldn’t have fallen into Cassius hands and join his side. Because Brutus is a man honor with no hidden motives, he trusts Cassius and cannot see behind his lies. Cassius writes phony letters to Brutus that make him believe the Roman people are begging for his help and since Brutus is an honorable person he agrees to help. Not only does this show he is an honorable man but he is gullible too. When he says, "…not that I loved Caesar less but I loved Rome more."
Cassius exclaims to be a “insupportable and touching loss,” shows that Brutus was wrong to kill Caesar, when even Portia, believes that taking her own life is the only way out. Brutus proves that even he felt that the assassination was unjustified. Shakespeare shows this when Brutus gets into an argument with Cassius about, “we now/ contaminate our fingers with base bribes.” A reason why Brutus killed Caesar was that he was corrupting the government and gaining power. This proves that killing Caesar is not bad, because Caesar’s corrupt ways appear in Cassius. Lastly, Brutus finally realizes that the assassination wasn’t right at the end of the play.
Julius Caesar Journaling Project Taylor Browne May 31, 2013 English 10 Period 2B Act 1: The Conspiracy Is Looming Dear Diary, I don’t like Caesar at all. I think that he is very weak and I feel as though, that I’m the only one who sees his weakness. I also think that the Romans treat Caesar like a god and that he can’t be touch. If you ask me there is nothing special about Caesar. If Caesar becomes too powerful, he might become a tyrant.
Julius Caesar is a play wrote by Shakespeare that tells the story of a man who is worshipped as a god, and the treason of his own friends. Julius Caesar is a general who has an enormous amount of power, and he is about to become the king of Rome. But, as there are people that adore him, there are also people that fear and dislike him. One in particular. Cassius.
“you all did love him once, not without cause: what cause withholds you then to mourn for him now”(citation). Here Antony depicts how the crowd once did love him but because a man has put false ideas into their heads, they turn on him. A citizen of Rome should stand for their beliefs, not the ones that are put into their heads even if it is by a powerful and honorable man. Not only does Antony show much emotion towards the subject, but so does Brutus when he speaks during his own eulogy. Here Brutus illustrates his love Rome, “not that I loved Caesar less, but I loved Rome more” (citation).